REGISTRATION FORM at the bottom of this page.

Introduction to the Amarel Cluster

This fast-paced 3-hour short course offers a brief introduction to using a Linux cluster. The goal is to help everyone make those first few steps toward productively using a Linux cluster for research — all members of the Rutgers community have free access to the Amarel Cluster.


— OARC, the Amarel system, our support and outreach resources
— High-level overview of research computing, computing in parallel, advanced networking, and storage systems
— Accessing the cluster & basic organization (login node, compute nodes, storage spaces, network connectivity)
— Remote access (VPN)
— Using software modules
— Job scheduling with SLURM
— Overview of running jobs (serial, parallel, batch, interactive)
— Writing a job script
— Submitting jobs
— Monitoring job status
— Running some example jobs
— Capturing and viewing job output/results
— Configuring environment variables (editing your ~/.bashrc)
— Basics of compiling and installing your own software
— Availability of Singularity for Singularity & Docker containers
— Data exploration & data management resources available through the library
— Using GUI-based applications with Open OnDemand
— Transferring files to & from Amarel
— Review of best practices

You must have an Amarel account setup before the workshop. Please complete our web-based form at least 24 hr before the workshop (do this as soon as possible): Access Request Form

Expected Background:

Some Linux experience or an “Intro to Linux” tutorial covering fundamental Linux skills (logging-in; using commands like cd, ls, cp, rm; using a text editor).

Additional Information:

A laptop computer running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux will be required to participate. Wireless campus network connectivity will also be required. Other mobile computing systems (e.g., tablets) will work if an SSH client is installed.

Windows users must install an SSH client like PuTTY ( or MobaXterm ( Alternatively, Windows 10 users can install the complete Windows Subsystem for Linux (

If you have questions or need help, please contact Bala Desinghu (