The Service Desk team have helped more than a few people get from ‘zero’ to ‘HPC whizz’, so here we summarise all the useful information we have compiled over the years.
This isn’t meant as a how-to guide, but a signpost to all the resources and materials which we think you might find helpful when getting up to speed, whether you’re an HPC expert moving to ARCHER2 for the first time, or a brand new user just starting out on your HPC journey.
All your instructions for ARCHER2 will be entered into the Unix command line - if you’ve not used this before, we have a helpful Quick Reference Sheet Learning Unix command line
You will need to Request a machine account on ARCHER2 - and you will need to know what project to request it in - that may be something that your supervisor or PI will tell you, or you might have been awarded time in your own project, in which case the helpdesk will give you the project code once it is set up.
Getting logged on to start your first session on ARCHER2 - hopefully it will all go smoothly and ‘just work’, but if you do have any issues, we have some helpful ssh debugging tips to help you sort things out.
The ARCHER2 Driving Test is an online, 20-question quiz which allows you to check your knowledge and understanding of using ARCHER2.
Many PI’s encourage new users to take the Driving Test including working through some of the above information, to prepare for using the machine. And once you have passed the test, you may be eligible to apply for a machine account on ARCHER2 to put your knowledge into practice.
Other Access routes to obtain time on ARCHER2
For those who are proposing a project using HPC and wish to apply for time on ARCHER2 we summarise all the access routes and publicise open calls on our Access page