User Guide

This user guide assumes familiarity with the following topics:

Understand the basics of what these types of resources are and what they can and cannot do. Understand how high-performance computing environments differ from a desktop computing environment. (It's not just a faster desktop!)


Research Computing resources are presented in a Linux environment. Be comfortable working from a command-line (notably the "bash" shell). Understand how to edit text files, and manipulate file and directory permissions.

Secure Shell (SSH)

Access to Research Computing resources is generally provided via SSH. Understand how to log into a remote server using SSH, and how to use SSH to transfer files between the remote server and your local workstation.

Shell scripting

Compute jobs launched on Research Computing compute resources are initialized by user-written shell scripts. Beyond that, many common operations can be simplified and automated using shell scripts.