If you have recieved your login credentials in an email, this guide will help you get connected to SCINet. Otherwise, please email the Virtual Research Support Core at scinet_vrsc@USDA.GOV for assistance.
Logging in to SCINet
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All users should have received their login credentials in an email. If you have not, please email the Virtual Research Support Core at scinet_vrsc@USDA.GOV.
Before accessing various SCINet resources, new users need to ssh either to Ceres or Atlas cluster and change the temporary password. Note that home directories on Atlas are not created right away, so it is recommended to wait a day after receiving email with the credentials before logging to Atlas cluster.
SCINet provides a VPN to access resouces that require a direct connection or a graphical interface and cannot be made public.
Software is usually required to access the VPN. We recommend Cisco AnyConnect if that is availbible, and OpenConnect if it is not.
Open OnDemand Interface Guide
Open OnDemand is an intuitive, innovative, and interactive interface to remote computing resources. The key benefit for SCINet users is that they can use any web browser, including browsers on a mobile phone, to access Ceres.
The software discussed and shown in these user guides is largely open source, can run on a desktop, HPC, or cloud environment, and can be installed with software management systems that support reproducibility (such as Conda, Singularity, and Docker). Below is a quick overview of some of the software, hardware, and confusing nomenclature that is used throughout this site.