Blue Waters - From Access to Utilization
Step 1. Communication
Have Prof Huff get you approved for Blue Waters!
Step 2. Apply for Blue Waters
Follow the link and fill out the application You can either receive a virtual token or a physical token A Virutal token is done through your mobile device, and a physical token looks like this:
Or, if you chose a soft token, install the RSA SecurID app and follow the instruction sent to you by email.
Step 3. Wait
Wait patiently for the token to arrive.
Step 4. Activating Token
With your token, open the email ‘Blue Waters Instructions’ Click the link and follow its directions, and activate your token.
** tip) the pin must be 8 digits, letters and numbers, something that you’ll never forget!
Step 5. Loggin In
Open terminal, type
type in PIN+Token#
tip) you can shortname your ssh command:
Open the terminal
Then you’d just have to type in
For example, you might have named Blue Waters “bw”.
In that case, you simply type
Step 6. Congratz!
You’re in! :)
Step 7. Module Loading
Various modules can be loaded and the available modules can be listed using the following commands:
||List all available modules|
||Search module with keywords|
||Load module onto environment|
||replace [orignal] with [new]|
If you don’t want to load your modules every time, edit ~/.bashrc
and have all your ‘module load/swap’ commands.
after editing the bashrc, you must source it:
The Group Directory
How to Download Source Code
Because Blue Waters is an HPC machine, it does not have a package manager (like Ubuntu’s apt-get). This is the reason why one has to build from source.
Also, one does not have sudo, which means that the packages should be built either in your home directory(~) or in the group directory (bahg)
Get source codes by:
git clone [clone_link]
wget [link to source code tar.xz or zip file]
Expand the archive with the tar or the unzip command.