Science IT currently provides the following computational facilities to researchers in the University of Zurich.

  • The ScienceCloud IaaS cloud computing infrastructure, for the creation of ephemeral private computing infrastructures and experimentation with new computing paradigms.
  • The Hydra SMP multiprocessor machine for running applications requiring large amounts of shared memory.
  • The Vesta GPU cluster system for running applications requiring dedicated graphics processing units (NVIDIA Tesla K80).
  • The Piz Daint supercomputer for running large-scale high-performance parallel computations.

How to get access

Access to the computational infrastructure is open for all researchers at the University of Zurich.

Before you ask for access, however, we would like to schedule an in-person meeting to assess your computational needs, give you an introduction to the systems, and advise on the recommended way to use the UZH computing infrastructure. Get in touch by emailing

Service level

The general service level agreement - SLA (PDF, 5 KB) is valid for all IT services provided by S3IT, if no other agreements are in place.

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