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HPRC realizes that a number of our users are not familiar with UNIX/Linux and a command line interface. However, to make the best use of the clusters and to simplify your life, TAMU and HPRC (with a little help from TACC) offer training on some of the basics of such an environment.



All TAMU Main Campus faculty/students/staff have access to online training via https://www.lynda.com/.
To access Lynda:

  1. Go to https://www.lynda.com/.
  2. Click "Sign In" (NOT "Sign Up") at the upper right of the page.
  3. In the login box provided, click "Sign in with your organization" at the bottom.
  4. Enter www.tamu.edu for the organization's URL.
  5. Authenticate with your NetID and password.
  6. If you have never used Lynda before, click the "I am a new user" button (or "No, I've never had an account").

Note: For detailed and visual access instructions, please visit the TAMU Knowledge Base for Lynda.com.

From there you have access to a number of courses. Two that are immediately helpful to users of our clusters are:

  • Understanding SSH -- by Scott Simpson (please ignore chapter 2 and 4)
  • Learn the Linux Command Line: The Basics -- by Scott Simpson

You can use the search bar at lynda.com to find either one.

Both are highly recommended to new users.
Important note: Lynda access may not be available to some TAMU extensions. To find out if you have access, please contact Helpdesk Central.


For new users, this presentation may be useful. Note that it is not directly applicable to the clusters here at TAMU, but many of the basics are the same. Linux/Unix Basics for HPC

TACC has a wide variety of materials (and a much larger staff to help produce it). Feel free to peruse their course materials. Again, none of it is directly applicable but there is good information in them (especially if you plan to upgrade to TACC later).

Regular Workshops

HPRC offers workshops each semester to assist users in use of our clusters.

Special Workshops

On occasion we host or help with special workshops to help users get the most of our clusters.

Short Courses

In the past we offered a number of multi-day short courses. Notes from them can be found below:

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