Logging into ARCC Clusters
Stokes and Newton use SSH connections to login to the clusters. Depending on which client system you are using, the process of logging into them may be different.
You'll be logging into a command-line terminal window on Stokes or Newton via Secure Shell (SSH). How this is done depends on which client system you are using. The examples here are shown for Stokes (accessed at stokes.ist.ucf.edu) but Newton (accessed at newton.ist.ucf.edu) is accessed similarly (simply, replace "stokes.ist.ucf.edu" with "newton.ist.ucf.edu"). From which kind of machine are you trying to access one of the clusters?
Linux/Mac (Unix) Users
If you're using a Unix variant, you can use
To log in, it's as simple as the following command:
ssh -Y -i path_to_SSH_key firstname.lastname@example.org
Your login should look something like this:
[user@local:]$ ssh -Y -i path_to_SSH_key email@example.com ==================================================== | Welcome to the Stokes HPC at the UCF Advanced | | Research Computing Center. | ==================================================== Enter passphrase for key 'your_username': Last login: [...] [user@euser2 ~]$
You are now logged into the Stokes user node with your account.
If you'd like to simplify that process further for future logins, you can add information to your SSH configuration on your client station that will define some parameters for you.
You can set that up by editing your personal SSH configuration. For example:
And within that you'll want to add a hostname entry for your Stokes login:
Host stokes Hostname stokes.ist.ucf.edu user your_username IdentityFile absolute_path_to_SSH_key
Now your client system will know the full name of Stokes, your username on Stokes, and where your SSH key is located. From there, it's now as simple as typing just:
and entering your passphrase to login similar to:
[user@local:]$ ssh stokes ==================================================== | Welcome to the Stokes HPC at the UCF Advanced | | Research Computing Center. | ==================================================== Enter passphrase for key 'your_username': Last login: [...] [user@euser2 ~]$
With Windows it is strongly advised to install Putty, but you may install any client that you feel suits your SSH usage appropriately (such as MobaXterm). For this walk-through Putty will be used. It is an easy download if you do not have it.
Once you have PuTTY, run it and step through these configuration steps:
stokes.ist.ucf.eduin the Host Name box.
- Click on the
SSHheading on the left hand side of the screen and click
authunder that tab.
- This tab is now shown so click
Browseto specify your private key, select your .ppk file (for example:
yourusername_id_rsa_1.ppk) and click
- In the left pane of the window, click
Sessionto return to the main tab.
- Enter a name under Saved Sessions and then click
Saveto store your key and connection settings.
- Log in with your username, hit enter, and enter your passphrase.
You should be logged into Stokes.