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Getting Started

ACCRE offers two computing services for the Vanderbilt community:

  • The traditional compute cluster, which lets users schedule intensive computing jobs to run on ACCRE’s compute nodes. The cluster provides access to 200+ software modules.
  • The Jupyter cluster, which provides Jupyter notebooks for all students, faculty and staff at Vanderbilt. No additional registration is required; simply sign in using your Vanderbilt login credentials. VUMC employees and members of the Complex Muon Solenoid experiment (CMS) have access to the Jupyter cluster as well.

To use the traditional compute cluster, you will need to be part of a research group that is a member of ACCRE, or registered for a class that uses ACCRE for course assignments. If you would like to use ACCRE for your research but your group isn’t a member of ACCRE already, send this over to your PI.

  1. New account form: Fill out the Request a Cluster Account form. Submitting this form will generate a ticket/email that the group’s faculty sponsor will be cc’d on for approval.
  2. Approval: Please allow a few business days for your PI or his/her designees to approve your account.
  3. Set up your account: Once you are approved, you will need to set up your ACCRE login and change your password.
  4. Complete the training courses on Brightspace: All ACCRE users are required to complete training within two months of receiving their accounts.
  5. Scheduling your first job: This tutorial walks you through the basic functions of ACCRE, including how to schedule your first job.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions during this process.