Getting connected


Users connect to MCSR supercomputers via the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol. For Windows, we recommend using PuTTY (external link).

Some users prefer SSH/SFTP Secure Shell 3.2.9 for general use, but it does not handle resetting expired or initial passwords correctly.

Mac OS X and Linux users should use the command line SSH client, named ssh, that is included with their operating system.


For security purposes, users cannot connect directly to the supercomputers. They must first connect to the hpcwoods gateway server, whose full hostname is You will need your MCSR username and password that you received when your accounts were created.

To connect the hpcwoods using a command-line SSH client, type:

Note that new users will be required to reset their initial password when connecting for the first time.

Connecting to supercomputers

Once on hpcwoods, use the command line SSH client to connect to the supercomputer of your choice. For instance, to connect to catalpa, a user would run the command:
ssh catalpa