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This course has been designed to help users access the research/teaching and Viking Linux servers. The aim is to provide you with some basic Linux commands to get you going.  You can access these machines from Windows, Mac and Linux OS.

Introduction

There are a number of different computing facilities available at the University of York.  Ask yourselves if you have found the following when conducting your research on your local machine?

  • Your workload is taking a long time to run on either your local machine or the Linux managed Service. (>6hrs)

  • It uses all your machines resources (CPU/Memory)

  • You need access to lots of memory

  • You need access to GPUs

  • You are either using or producing a lot of data

  • You think you could cut your job into smaller chunks and process them at the same time
  • You know you want to analyse larger datasets in the future.

We have a few different machines to use when have found you are in the above position.  For this tutorial we will focus on the Linux machines such as research/teaching servers and Viking.  Here will will give you a very brief introduction on how to access these machines.

The research and teaching servers

These servers are also known as the Linux Managed Service or LMS for short. Detailed information on the server specifications can be found here.  These machines are Desktops, similar to what you may have at home or in your office but with a large number of CPUs and memory.  This means that work that your local machine is struggling with may easily be run on one of these machines. Some caveats

  • They are a shared machine which means a number of users may be logged on at the same time
  • They get rebooted on the first Tuesday of every month
  • They run Linux so you may have to learn a little bit of Linux command line to get started. 
  • If you are a undergraduate you will only have access to the teaching servers. 


Exersise 1 - Logging into the research or teaching servers.







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