Academic Divisional Computing

Academic Divisional Computing (ADC) is the group of localized ITS staff embedded in the campus’ five academic divisions.

This ITS unit provides personalized, discipline-specific, IT support for faculty, staff and students in accomplishing the academic mission. Under the direction and oversight of the Divisional Liaisons Council, we leverage commonalities through cross-divisional technical communities to develop and deliver right-sized common services as appropriate.

If you have a question about this unit, please contact ADC Director, Andrea Hesse

Recent Projects

Campus Cyberinfrastructure Hub

ADC is working with Research and Faculty Partnerships (RFP) and Core Technologies Data Center and Network Operations to develop a coordinated Compute, Network and Storage services to support HPC research and instruction. We have recently completed a major upgrade Hummingbird our generally available computational cluster, moving to Open HPC and Slurm while adding a 10GB internal network and bringing our core processor count up to 700. Hummingbird has been moved to the campus data center is planned to be connected to RFP’s Ceph storage services and the Science DMZ.

Growing Data Sets

ADC staff are now managing petabytes of behalf of divisions and researchers. We are currently working on methods to consolidate storage needs in locations that are proximate or good candidates for high speed network connections, including the central campus data center.

Breaking new Ground at the Silicon Valley Center

ADC are on the ground at the UCSC’s Silicon Valley Center, supporting the startup of cutting edge graduate programs in Games and Playable Media, Serious Games and Human-Computer Interaction as well as SVLink, private partnership incubators.

Supporting the “Book” Disciplines

From game design to data science, local IT staff in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences are now supporting a range of technology driven labs and makerspaces, digital archives, wireless robots, and econometric and statistical modeling.

Mobile Device Management comes to ADC

Social Sciences and Humanities have developed new hardware and software inventory management and deployment services for Macs using JAMF. We are working to extend these services to include full disk encryption, remote lock and wipe, and are working with Client Services and Support on methods to extend service availability.

Reducing Administrative Workload

In an effort to generate efficiencies for staff and management in the academic divisions, Academic Divisional Computing has worked in partnership with Staff Human Resources on the development, documentation and support of an interim online appraisal system to support the UCOP mandated performance pay program. The interim system replaced word doc templates with an online workflow and approval process and introduced basic reporting tools to provide managers and decision-makers with insight into the process and aggregated ratings.