Access and data transfer¶
Before you can really start using one of the clusters, there are several things you need to do or know:
Logging in to a cluster¶
You need to log on to a cluster via an ssh-client to one of the login nodes. This will give you a command line. The software you’ll need to use on your client system depends on its operating system:
When logging in to a KU Leuven cluster, take a look at the page on Multi Factor Authentication.
Your account also comes with a certain amount of data storage capacity in at least three subdirectories on each cluster. You’ll need to familiarise yourself with
Before you can do some work, you’ll have to transfer the files that you need from your desktop or department to the cluster. At the end of a job, you might want to transfer some files back. The preferred way to do that, is by using an sftp client. It again requires some software on your client system which depends on its operating system:
- Data transfer with FileZilla
- Data transfer using WinSCP
- Data transfer with scp/sftp
- Transferring data to and from KU Leuven network drives
GUI applications on the clusters¶
Optionally, if you wish to use programs with a graphical user interface, you’ll need an X server on your client system. Again, this depends on the latter’s operating system:
Logging in to the login nodes of your institute’s cluster may not work if your computer is not on your institute’s network (e.g., when you work from home). In those cases you will have to set up a VPN (Virtual Private Networking) connection if your institute provides this service.