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HPCC-NML Bioinformatics Computing Resource: 1. Account and computer set up

1. Acquire an HPCC account

Read before you apply:

  • If you belong to a research lab and other members of your lab would also like to access HPCC, it is recommended that the primary investigator of the lab (or the person in charge) apply for ONE HPCC project account.  Upon approval, the PI can add lab members to the project account.  This way, the lab members will be able to access HPCC-NML WITHOUT having to apply for their own individual HPCC accounts.
  • HPCC has the sole and exclusive right to determine if a user is eligible for HPCC access.
  • A USC NetID and password are required to apply.
  • A typical user project account is allocated 20GB disk space by default.  If you plan to add other lab members to your account OR you have very large data files, it is highly recommended that you apply for 1TB of disk space (maximum allowed free space and requires additional justification) or more (annual charges apply to additional space).
  • An HPCC user may apply for additional project accounts.
  • It may take up to two weeks for HPCC to process account applications. Contact HPCC if you don't hear from them after two weeks.

Click to apply an HPCC account

2. Enable file transfer and remote access to HPCC

In order to use the HPCC-NML Bioinformatics Computing Resource, you need to properly configure your computer so that you are able to remotely access the HPCC-NML Custom Condo and move data files between your computer and your HPCC project account.  Please download and install the following programs based on the OS of your computer:

Windows Mac OS Linux
File transfer FileZilla FileZilla (optional) ** FileZilla (optional) **
Remote access X-Win32 * Terminal with X11 Terminal

* If you use PuTTy (or another SSH client), make sure to enable X11 forwarding every time you connect to HPCC.
   For PuTTy: on the Configuration page, first find in the category: Connection > SSH > X11, then check "Enable X11 forwarding".

** FileZilla is an sftp client with an intuitive graphical user interface.  On Mac OS or Linux, you can also use command line scp or sftp for secure file transfer. 

3. Configure Remote Access

Windows users:

Set up X-Win32

  1. Open X-Win32 from Windows Program List.
  2. Click on "Wizard".
  3. Assign a connection name, such as "HPCC-NML".  Select connection type "ssh".  Click "Next".
  4. Type in Host name "hpc-nml.usc.edu". Click "Next".
  5. You may also type in your USC NetID and password to speed up future connections.  However, you should not do so if it is a shared or public computer.  Click "Next".
  6. Select "Linux" and the connection command will be automatically filled.  Click "Finish".

     Click to get a detailed instruction along with screenshots.

Mac OS users:

Check the installation of X11

  • X11 is installed by default on OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and later versions.
  • Check Application > X11 to confirm the installation.
  • If you have a previous version of OS X or you can not find X11 in Applications, check the instructions here to install it.