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Using CCAST Resources

Getting Started

  1. Get an account if you have not already done so.  User elegibility requirements and the application form is available under our Users section.
  2. Become familiar with the resources that are availble at CCAST or affilated with CCAST by taking a look at our Resources section.
  3. Decide which resources best meet your research needs.  If you have any questions, you can email us at
  4. Understand and agree to abide by the Policies at CCAST.
  5. Become familiar with your computing environment.  At CCAST, all of the systems here are Linux systems, and the default shell is Bash.  One should be famiiar with their shell and be able to navigate the filesystems and manipulate files.  Some help with Bash is available at the GNU Bash site.  A researcher should also be familiar with logging in and using the ssh protocol for transferring files.  Also, knowing basic text file editing with an editor such as nano, vi, or emacs is necessary.  Our center, like many research computing sites, uses modules to allow users to select particular software packages and versions of those packages.
  6. Finally, a researcher must know how to perform offline computations via a batch system.  At CCAST, we use the popular TORQUE batch system.

Remember that research computing systems are desgined to accomodate all users' needs for doing computation. They are a shared resource, so please be considerate that others are using the system and that the staff spend great efforts in providing secure and quality service to all researchers.

Thanks and happy computing!

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CCAST Support
Phone: 701.231.5184
Physical/delivery address:  1805 NDSU Research Park Drive/Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address:  P.O. Box 6050—Dept. 4100/Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: CCAST

Last Updated: Friday, July 28, 2017 8:31:08 AM
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