MERCED Cluster - User Account


The MERCED Cluster is a campus-wide resource available to students and faculty who have a need for a parallel computing environment. The MERCED Cluster is a 77-node Linux Cluster (1700 cores) running a variety of linux-based software packages.

What do I need to get this service?

An active faculty can submit this “Request” located on this page to complete a request form.

What is included?

OIT will verify the eligibility and create the appropriate account for either a PI Group or a user.

Please review the following information prior to the consultation to help determine the best solution for your needs:

  • PIs must complete an Export Control Attestation form prior to be given access to MERCED.
  • Users can install any licensed software packages in their home directories.  If you need assistance, submit a  General Service Request and include that this request is related to the MERCED Cluster.
  • The MERCED cluster uses a queuing system for job submission. Priorities of jobs are assigned on a dynamic basis. Not all jobs submitted will begin immediately.

When is support for this service available?

Processing of your request for this service is provided during business hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday.

How long does it take to get the service?

Once the Export Control Attestation is on file, it takes one business day to create a new PI Group. For existing PI Groups, it takes less than one day to create a new account.

How do I stop or change the service?

If you no longer require access to the MERCED Cluster, please contact OIT and mention the MERCED Cluster.


Questions on Job submission, how the queues work, where to put your data, or other usability questions, please visit the HPC Wiki.


Last modified: June 26, 2017