Introduction to Research Computing on Palmetto Cluster


  • Instructors: Asher Antao, Tue Vu, Grigori Yourganov, Linh Ngo
  • Office: 2138 Barre Hall
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Email: aantao AT clemson DOT edu; tuev AT clemson DOT edu; gyourga AT clemson DOT edu; lngo AT clemson DOT edu

Workshop Description

This workshop introduces participants to the Palmetto Cluster, Clemson University’s largest high-performance computing resource, its structure and basic usage and how to submit computational tasks to the cluster. It was specifically created for the Skylight / Mercury users. A short introduction to Linux is also included.


no prerequisites

Course Outline



Setup Preparing for the course
1. Introduction What is Palmetto?
2. Accessing the Palmetto Cluster How can I access the Palmetto cluster from my local machine?
3. Navigating Files and Directories How can I move around on Palmetto?
How can I see what files and directories I have?
How can I specify the location of a file or directory on my computer?
4. Working With Files and Directories How can I create, copy, and delete files and directories?
How can I edit files?
5. The structure of the Palmetto Cluster What is the structure of the Palmetto Cluster?
6. Storage on Palmetto How and where can I store my files?
7. Transferring files to and from Palmetto How can I transfer data between Palmetto and my local machine?
8. Running an interactive job on Palmetto How do I request and interact with a compute node?
9. Running a batch job How do I run my computations on a compute node on the background?

The actual schedule may vary slightly depending on the topics and exercises chosen by the instructor.