How to connect to the Supercomputer
Get an account
Use of the CSDMS HPCC is available free of charge to the CSDMS community! To get an account on our machine your will need to: become a member of the CSDMS project, and sign up for a one year guest account. That's it!
Once you have an account you can access the CSDMS HPCC with any secure-shell (SSH) application (primarily ssh, scp, sftp) from workstations located in the CU Internet domain (*.colorado.edu) or from workstations connected to the colorado.edu domain through a virtual private network (VPN) connection. A VPN account will automatically be created for users outside the colorado.edu domain.
You will need the following software to establish a connection to the colorado.edu domain and to login to the HPCC:
SSH Tunneling X Windows
Displaying of the graphical desktop of the HPCC master-control node to your personal workstation is possible through SSH Tunneling X Windows software. This might require prior installation and configuration of software on your workstation. See information below on how to operate the graphical desktop for Mac and for Windows operating systems.
SSH Tunneling X Windows for Mac OSX
You will need X11 to tunnel X Windows to a Mac. Fortunately, Mac OSX comes with X11. If you're using an older version of OSX, download X11 from the apple site.
> ssh -Y beach.colorado.edu -l <username>
Type <password> and that's it. Now you can test the Tunneling by for example typing <matlab>.
SSH Tunneling X Windows for Windows
XLaunch will ask you for a beach.colorado.edu password. Once entered it will start up a xterm window.
Now you can start receiving graphical interfaces (GUI) from programs that are available on the CSDMS HPCC. Through Xming the graphics that are created on the HPCC will be display on your window box. You can try for example to start matlab, just type "matlab" after the xterm prompt and Xming will display matlab, running on beach, on your machine.
Don't close the xterm window while you're working with Xming or you might lose the Tunneling session you just started.