New ARC Users Info

New ARC Users Info

Welcome to Advanced Research Computing at Virginia Tech! We at ARC strive to make getting started on our systems as straightforward as possible. To that end, we have developed the following checklist to walk a new user through the steps required to get up and running on our systems:

  1. Review the list of ARC’s computing, storage, and visualization resources and select the system or systems that best meet your needs. If you have questions or are interested in a collaboration, you may request a consultation. You may also want to review our training opportunities.
  2. Request an account on the system(s) using ARC’s Account Request Form.
  3. Once you receive an account, you can log into the system. The name of the login node does vary by system, so please consult the documentation for your system to get the correct name; the login nodes for BlueRidge, for example, are blueridge1 and blueridge2. You will need an SSH Client to log in; see here for information on how to get and use an SSH Client. You must be on a campus network to access ARC resources, so off-campus use requires connecting to the CNS VPN first.
  4. Once you have successfully logged into the system, you should try to compile and run one of the example programs provided on the system’s webpage. If you are unfamiliar with the Unix environment, you may need to review our Introduction to Unix page to learn some of the basic commands needed to operate in a Unix environment.
  5. Once you have successfully run an example program on the system, you can start trying to compile and run your own programs. Please carefully consult the system documentation as you do so. If you are using specialized software, please also consult the software documentation page. If you have persistent problems getting your program to successfully compile or run, you may request assistance via ARC’s Support Request Form. You may also want to consider one of our training opportunities.