New Users

Initial Steps

You must first receive an allocation before you can begin using UVA's high-performance computing (HPC) system. All Virginia faculty (including postdoctoral associates) and staff with a valid UVA computing ID can apply for an allocation. Students who wish to use the system must be added to a MyGroups account by an authorized faculty or staff sponsor.

Applying for an allocation involves two basic steps.

Step 1:

Create a MyGroups account (PIs only) and then add the users who will have access to your allocation.

Step 2:

Make your request for a trial allocation known by filling out our Trial Allocation Request Form.

Next, you will want to review the “Getting Started Guide."

If you are interested in a collaboration, visit our consulting page.

General questions should be submitted through our contact form.

Please note: Access to the HPC cluster requires a valid Eservices password. Your Netbadge password is not necessarily the same thing, so if you are unable to log in, you should first try resetting your Eservices password here. If the problem persists, contact ITS (which manages all Eservices accounts) through the group's online help desk.

If you need help using UNIX, consult the UNIX Tutorials for Beginners.

Advice on using modules can be found here.

UVA's HPC resources are managed by the Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management (SLURM). A SLURM tutorial is available here.

Click here for instructions on how to install and use FastX, a remote desktop solution.

New users are invited to attend one of our free one-hour orientation sessions ("Introduction to the HPC System") held on Fridays at 1023 Millmont Street, North Grounds at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by appointment. We can also come to your department or organization. Please use our contact form to reserve your space. 

ARCS offers various training opportunities throughout the year to those who need additional help using the HPC system.