Scientific Computing and Research Support Unit



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Request for resources

Requests for resources, whether consisting of storage and/or computing resources, can be done via the Catalogue de services of the Centre informatique or directly through one of these links:

Request for research data storage

Request for computational resources

Operational and unit costs (UNIL authentication)


The mission of the Scientific Computing and Research Support Unit  (Division calcul et soutien à la recherche, DCSR, in French) is to provide computation and storage resources to the UNIL community as well as transverse expertise to the various faculties of the University and its affiliated institutes. The expertise ranges from high performance computing (HPC) programming support to full stack development consulting missions.

DCSR Structure

The DCSR consists of technical and sysadmin specialists seconded by a team of scientific advisors/consultants. The technical and sysadmin specialists are in charge of maintaining, operating and evolving the infrastructure stack in order to provide:

  • computing resources over non-sensitive and sensitive data,
  • storage resources for non-sensitive and sensitive data.

The scientific advisors act as consultants to the faculties and are engaged on specific research projects to support and help bootstrap researchers on the usage of the available, computing and storage resources. They also offer consulting services on scientific, statistical, storage and web development projects that researchers may have.

Computing and Storage Infrastructure available in the DCSR

The infrastructure is set up to cater for a wide variety of storage needs: high performance storage for an HPC infrastructure, encrypted storage for the management of personal and/or sensitive data, various levels of data redundancy depending on the criticality of the data to be stored.  

The division maintains:

  • an HPC infrastructure,
  • a storage infrastructure supporting different types of data operating or not in an HPC environment,
  • a secured infrastructure for sensitive data (stay tuned, not yet launched).

and provides in addition support to researchers in terms of HPC, guidance in predictive analytics, machine learning, big data, as well as full stack development (web and database support).

Access to Resources

To access storage or computing resources, users must be part of a research group. Each research group is headed by a principal investigator (PI) who maintains the users in his group.

The PI must be legitimized by the faculty/institute he/she is attached to in his role of principal investigator ; this allows him to engage the expenses inherent to the usage of the HPC or storage infrastructure. Note that the PI is not necessarily required to have full control of a budget and/or to be able to manage or hire research staff.

The DCSR team

Manager: Roberto Fabbretti PhD

Systems Support:

HPC: Ewan Roche PhD

Storage: Roberto Fabbretti PhD

Applicative Support: 

HPC: Etienne Orliac PhD

HPC: Emmanuel Jeanvoine PhD

Data Science, Machine Learning: Philippe Jacquet PhD

Ticketing: Help desk Ci-UNIL

Training courses: due to the COVID-19, the next courses will be given remotely.

Course Date

DCSR, Running Python and R applications on the clusters

8th October 2020, from 9:00 to 12:00

DCSR, Introduction to using the clusters

26th and 27th October 2020, from 9:00 to 12:00


Once the course is announced you can register here:

Additional resource: presentation New UNIL Computing and Storage Facility

Contact DCSR

Roberto Fabbretti PhD
+41 21 692 40 32

Terms and Conditions

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