UNIX Computing Accounts for Students (SCF)

Retirement of Solaris-Based Time-Sharing Hosts

Information Technology Services (ITS) will retire this Solaris-based time-sharing machine on January 8, 2020. For more information, see itservices.usc.edu/solaris-retirement.

Students that need to access USC UNIX resources may do so using their Student Computing Facility (SCF) accounts. Located at aludra.usc.edu and nunki.usc.edu, these two servers act as time-sharing hosts for all student accounts.

Some graduate students 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/carc.


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


All USC students are eligible for SCF accounts.

Getting Started

If you have already activated your USC NetID account, your SCF 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 SCF account for UNIX computing, see itservices.usc.edu/unix. Many computer programs that you many need to use for your classes are pre-installed on SCF. For information on software available through ITS, see our Software page. To see if the program needed for your class is installed on SCF, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.


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


This is a free service.