UNIX Computing Accounts for HSC Faculty and Staff (HSC)

Retirement of Solaris-Based Time-Sharing Hosts

Information Technology Services (ITS) is planning on retiring this and other Solaris-based time-sharing machines on August 1, 2019. For more information, see itservices.usc.edu/solaris-retirement.

Health Sciences Faculty and staff that need to use USC UNIX may do so using their Health Sciences Computing Facility (HSC) accounts. Located at hsc.usc.edu. this server acts as a time-sharing host and web server for all HSC faculty/staff accounts.

Non-Health Sciences campus faculty and staff receive accounts on the Basic Computing Facility (BCF). See itservices.usc.edu/bcf for more information on BCF accounts.

Faculty and staff that require access to additional computing resources for research purposes may apply for accounts on USC’s high-performance computing cluster. For more information, see itservices.usc.edu/hpc.


  • 50 megabytes (MB) of file storage
  • Access to USC UNIX resources
  • Personal web publishing


All HSC faculty and staff are eligible for HSC accounts.

Getting Started

If you have already activated your USC NetID account, your BCF account should be activated. If you have not already activated your account, go to the USC NetID Account Services website.

Learn More

For information on how to use your HSC account for UNIX computing, see itservices.usc.edu/unix.


To get help with your HSC account, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.


This is a free service.