Join the Cluster

Wynton is a large, shared high-performance compute (HPC) cluster underlying UCSF’s Research Computing Capability. Funded and administered cooperatively by UCSF campus IT and key research groups, it is available to all UCSF researchers, and consists of different profiles suited to various biomedical and health science computing needs. Researchers can participate using the “co-op” model of resource contribution and sharing.

Co-op model

The end goal is that the all UCSF researchers should have access to the cluster without charge. Free accounts will be limited by the number of concurrent cores and will have lower priority on the job queue. Participating co-op members that contribute to the cluster will get priority on the job queue and will be able to utilize a large number of concurrent cores (proportionate to the contribution).

Who can join?

The Wynton HPC environment is available for free to all UCSF researchers, which includes faculty and principal investigators (PIs) as well as research staff, students, and postdocs affiliated with a faculty or a PI. If you don’t fit into one of these categories, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Request access

To request access and get an account on the cluster, please contact us with the following information:

  1. First and Last name
  2. UCSF email address
  3. UCSF affiliation (faculty, student, postdoc, etc.)
  4. UCSF Principal Investigator (PI), if any
  5. UCSF Department or Program
  6. UCSF Employee/Student ID (nine digits; 02xxxxxxx), if any. To find yours, go to
  7. Preferred username and one alternate
  8. Previous HPC cluster experience? (this will help us help you)
  9. QB3/CGL Kerberos username, if any
  10. (QB3, Sali Lab, MSG users only) Current UID & GID (two integers as reported by id), if an y