Get connected to the Shared Computing Cluster (SCC) from your system. To use these instructions, you must have an account on the SCC – click here for information about creating an account. Select your topic of interest from the left side-bar to read tailored instructions for connecting to and using the Shared Computing Cluster. A brand new user may want to start with the first article and read through each section in the order presented.

Connect to the SCC Using SSH

Instructions on logging in to the SCC from your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine.


Common commands used to interact with the SCC.


Navigating the SCC and working with files.

Starting Software

Starting software and applications.

File Transfer (FTP)

Transferring files to and from the SCC from your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine.

Globus Online

An alternative file transfer method between the SCC and your local machine or between national research clusters.

X Forwarding

Working with applications that display graphics.

Port Forwarding

Port forwarding is needed by some applications, like VNC, that connect from your computer to the SCC.

Remote Desktop (VNC)

A technique to speed up graphical applications that you feel are running too slowly over just X-Windows.