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NIMBioS Tutorial: Migration from the Desktop

HPC application of R and other codes for biological research

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Please bring a laptop for the labs. There will be a few that can be loaned. The labs will require logging into the NAUTILUS machine. This is accomplished through the use of SSH and often utilizes window forward through X. Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is also used to move files to and from the HPC resource. Linux and Appleā€™s OSX have SSH, X forwarding, and SFTP built-in. Windows requires the installation of third party tools to provide these features. There are many commercial and open solutions. Your institution or school may have one available. If not, a common solution is to install PuTTy for SSH, Xming for X forwarding, and a program like FileZilla for SFTP.

Directions for installing PuTTy and Xming can be found here:
The package pages are:
Xming: (free version) (updated donation required version)

Text editor
The editing of text files is a common occurrence for HPC applications. Word, WordPad, and Notepad are not usually available. In fact they can add unintended characters that can be an issue (We will touch on this during the workshop). One very simple editor that is commonly available on Unix systems is called nano. We will use Nano to demonstrate most things but if you are familiar with another editor (emacs ,vi, gedit, etc.) that is fine. If you would like more information about Nano, visit the sites below:

Visit, ParaView, R, and Python
We will be touching on several software packages during the labs and discussion. R and Python will be available on the cluster but can easily be installed on your systems as well. They can be found here:
Visit and ParaView are two common HPC visualization packages and will be used in the Tuesday lab. We can help install these on Monday or Tuesday for the lab. Information and downloads can be found here:

For more information, contact:
Eric Carr
HPC Specialist, NIMBioS
Phone: (865) 974-0223   Fax: (865) 974-9300

1122 Volunteer Blvd., Suite 106
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3410
PH: (865) 974-9334
FAX: (865) 974-9461
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From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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