Welcome to the Physics Computing Facility at UC San Diego



About Us

The Physics Computing Facility (PCF) provides research and administrative computing support for the Physics Department and related organizational units on campus and also consulting on a recharge basis for non-departmental UCSD Faculty and Staff.

We offer support on a wide range of computing services, including:

  • Network support
  • Hardware & software troubleshooting
  • Workstation, server, and laptop setup
  • Research Computing: Clusters / HPC Administration
  • Software installation
  • Equipment loans
  • Data backup
  • Web development & hosting, streaming audio/video
  • Consulting


Computer Lab

The PCF maintains a computing lab located on the third floor of Mayer Hall, Room 3421, for use by Physics graduate students, faculty and staff. Our current configuration is six Apple Mac OS X machines, eight Windows XP machines, and four Linux workstations. A variety of software is available for office productivity, image manipulation, document scanning, software development, mathematical computation and data analysis. The lab is equipped with three laser printers, two monochrome and one color, capable of printing on a variety of media.

Equipment Loans

Laptop computers and LCD projectors are available for short-term check out. Our current loan equipment includes several Apple portables, IBM ThinkPads, and Infocus portable projectors.

Please contact us for availability of equipment.

Contact Information

The computing staff strive to provide dependable and convenient service. Contact the Physics Computing Facility Helpdesk via our online request system, email us at helpdesk@physics.ucsd.edu, or call (858) 534-6389 and we will refer you to the best staff person to assist with your particular issue.


Bryan Hill
System Manager

Brendan Dennis
Database and Application Development/System Administrator

Simone Radice
Helpdesk Analyst/System Administrator

Kevin Smith
Computing Facilty Manager

This page was last updated June 11 2014 06:29:50 AM