Get connected to the Shared Computing Cluster (SCC) from your system. To use these instructions, you must have an account on the SCC and you must use Duo two-factor authentication, which is freely available to all SCC users.

We recommend that new users to the SCC use the SCC OnDemand way of connecting to the SCC.

Connect to the SCC Using OnDemand

Use the SCC with just your web browser via SCC OnDemand.

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.

Editors, Viewers, and IDEs

Tools for viewing and editing files, images, and codes using Interactive Development Environments (IDEs).

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.

SCC Quick Start Guide

Get started using the SCC quickly if you are familiar with another Linux-based computing cluster.