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Classroom use

The HPC cluster is available for classroom and instructional use.

Instructors wishing to use the HPC for teaching should submit a support case with the following details:

  • The course number and semester
  • How many user accounts you need (be sure to account for TAs)
  • A date that we can reset and reallocate the accounts
  • How the HPC integrates into your curriculum
  • Whether you need the data archived after the course is complete
  • Special resources or considerations (e.g. GPUs)

Support offered for classroom use#

  • RCC staff will provision a number of accounts for the course; i.e., classroom_[###] - classroom_[###], and send the lead instructor the usernames and passwords.
  • The instructor will need to possess or sign up for a normal RCC user account.
  • RCC staff will install any software packages that you need to use for teaching as long as they are fairly straightforward to install.
  • The instructor or department will need to supply any necessary licenses for commercial software.
  • RCC staff will provide basic assistance with HPC commands and utilities.
  • RCC staff will provision a storage volume in the /gpfs/research directory of at least 500GB (larger storage allocations will need justification)

What classroom accounts have access to#

Classroom accounts have access to almost everything a normal RCC user account provides, including:

  • SSH access to the cluster
  • Open OnDemand access to the cluster
  • Home directories with the default storage allocation