Join the Cluster

Wynton HPC 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.

If you are an non-UCSF affiliate, you will need to have the UCSF staff, student, postdoc, or PI you are associated with request your account for you.

How long will it take for my Wynton account request to be processed?

The Wynton HPC staff will make every effort to process your account request and create the account within five business days of confirmation of your affiliation and contact information.

Request an account

To apply for an account on the Wynton HPC cluster, please follow the link below and fill out the ServiceNow Web Form for a Wynton Account:

Note: The form linked above is only available to UCSF staff, students, postdocs, and faculty. If you are an non-UCSF affiliate who does not have a UCSF Guest Account, (Request a UCSF Guest Account), you will need to have the UCSF staff, student, postdoc, or PI you are associated with request the account for you.

Detailed instructions regarding the Wynton account form

Requested By/Approver

  1. If you have successfully logged into MyAccess, the “Requested By Name” and “Requested by Email” should be autopopulated with your information from the UCSF Directory.

  2. In the “UCSF Principle Investigator (PI) Approver Name”, enter the name of the your supervisor and select the matching name from the pull down. This should populate the “UCSF PI Email” and “UCSF PI Department or Program” fields.

Account Details

  1. Select “Yes” or “No” from the “Does this user already have an existing account on Wynton?” pull down.

  2. Select “No” from the “Do you Require Access to PHI Data” pull down. (Wynton is not currently Approved for PHI Data.)

  3. If you are filling the form out for yourself, the “Requested For” field will be autopopulated with your name. If you are requesting an account for another user, enter their name and select it from the pull down. If they are a non-UCSF affiliate, select “Check this box if you cannot find their User Name in the database” and enter their First Name, Last Name, and contact email address.

  4. Select a “UCSF Title” from the pull down menu. If you are not a UCSF Staff, faculty, or student, select something that approximates your title/role.

  5. Select the “Country” and “State” of Origin. If you are associated with an institution other than UCSF, enter it in the “Institution” field.

  6. If you are a UCSF Employee, the “UCSF Employee/Student ID” field should be autopopulated from the name you entered in the “Requested For” field. If you are not a UCSF employee, student, staff or faculty, enter “none”.

  7. If you have had accounts with any of the affiliated computing environments, select them.

  8. Enter your desired Wynton Username.

  9. Enter a desired alternative Wynton Username (If your first choice is already in use).

Comments and Submit

  1. Provide any additional comments in the text field.

  2. Check the box consenting to, “If the individual(s)for whom I am requesting access leaves their appointment with UCSF or transitions to a new role that does not necessitate this access, then I will inform the Wynton Team immediately that this access should be revoked for this individual.”

  3. Click the “Submit” button on the right.

Confirm your email address

  1. If you are the “Requestor” of the account, you will shortly receive an email confirming the creation of the ticket with a subject similar to, “Request Item RITM0305233 – opened on your behalf”.

  2. If you are the person for whom the account has been requested, you will also receive an email with the subject similar to, “Email Validation required for RITM0305233 Wynton HPC Account Request”. Please reply to the “Email Validation required…” email, taking care not to alter the subject line. Also, please include the body of the email in your reply.

  3. Once your email contact address has been validated, and any necessary training or attestations have been completed, Wynton Staff will make every effort to process your new account request within five business days.

If you have any problems with the form or questions about filling it out, please don’t hesitate to contact us.