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Data Science & Machine Learning Platform


Faculty & Staff

Instructors and instructional support staff may request personal DSMLP access in order to support their students' use of the platform, or to explore and evaluate the environment for course development purposes.

To request an account, please email request to To request computing support for your undergraduate and graduate-level courses, submit an Instructional Technology Request (CINFO) via

Please note that DSMLP is limited to student-focused activities. Research IT Services can help identify comparable GPU compute environments for your non-student research needs.


Students may obtain access to DSMLP through the following routes:

  1. By automatic setup of courses assigned to DSMLP: enrolled students receive access shortly before the first day of each term.
  2. Via the DSMLP Independent Study Access Request Form
  3. Upon request, for students interested in exploring the environment for personal enrichment:  please send email to

Professional Programs:

Due to funding restrictions, DSMLP resources are not currently available to self-supported professional degree programs' coursework or capstone projects.


Detailed documentation for both students and instructors is available on the Service Portal Knowledge Base - Specialized Instructional Computing.  Instructors can start with the Instructor Guidance for DSMLP article.

Independent Study, Student Research, Student Projects

In support of UC San Diego's instructional mission, DSMLP resources are made available for many independent-study and student research activities, including:

  • Designated independent study/research courses (e.g. 198/199, 293/298/299)
  • Independent thesis/dissertation research*
  • State-supported capstone projects
  • Campus-sponsored co-curricular activities (e.g. projects, workshops, clubs, teams)

Please use the DSMLP Independent Study Access Request Form to outline the scope of your project and describe its computational needs. If you are requesting resources as part of a team, only one member need submit a form.

Onboarded users will receive the ability to use the following compute resources (and will maintain the ability to request further resources if needed):

  • 8 CPU cores
  • 64 GB of RAM
  • 10 GB of disk space on our filesystems
  • And a variety of NVIDIA GPUs as seen here:
    • (As of 4/29/24, nodes 32 and above are for internal usage only)

Due to state funding restrictions, DSMLP cannot be used for self-supported professional degree programs' coursework or capstone projects.

*Please see the next section, "Special considerations for Doctoral research", for additional information regarding use of DSMLP for dissertation research.

Doctoral Research: Special Considerations

ETS is happy to support dissertation-related independent study via our instructional computing resources.

However, instructional systems such as DSMLP may not be optimal environments for the complex collaborative research many Doctoral students pursue. Before we provision an account, we'll ask you and your advisor to acknowledge the following limitations:

  • Access to DSMLP is limited to currently-registered UC San Diego students, which may impede collaboration with UC San Diego faculty, staff researchers, postdoctoral students, or with individuals at other institutions. Continuity of research may be impacted should responsibilities shift within your project or group.
  • Student research jobs run at a lower priority than coursework, and resource contention is to be expected during busy 8th-10th week and final exam periods. We cannot raise priority of research jobs to accommodate publication deadlines.
  • DSLMP resources are provided "as is"; we are unable to modify them to support specific project needs (e.g. custom hardware or software versions). We will however provide you guidance in configuring the environment for your work.
  • Finally, DSMLP's capabilities are relatively modest compared to those available via San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), NSF/national HPC resources such as XSEDE, and cloud-based services such as Amazon AWS, and may not accommodate natural growth in a project's resource needs over time.
Larger requests, or projects requiring capabilities outside of ETS' instructional portfolio, will be routed to campus Research IT Services facilitators, who can evaluate the project's broader context, including the related efforts of your PI and research group, and then help you identify the most appropriate resources.