DataScience Workbook / 06. High-Performance Computing (HPC) / 1. Introduction to HPC infrastructure / 1.3 ISU HPC / 1.3.1 Condo Computing Cluster


The condo cluster is out of support since July 1, 2021. It is now under Free Tier model and available to all ISU researchers for free. A detailed guide is available from ISU: * ISU Condo Cluster ⤴

Getting Started

Access and Login

If logging in the first time, check the Logging in ⤴ section of intro to HPC page. Using Condo cluster has same requirements as the Nova Cluster ⤴ except Condo is free. Faculty can fill out this form ⤴ to request access for their group. Use Google Authenticator on Android ⤴, iPhone ⤴ or Windows ⤴ devices for authentication.

To log in to Condo, use any Terminal (Terminal on Linux/Mac and Powershell on Windows) to ssh with the login hostname:

 ssh <ISU NetID>

Data Transfer and Jobs

Use the login hostname ( to log in to Condo and submit jobs, but use the data transfer node for data transfers (

# Data transfer example
ssh <ISU NetID>

Copy data:
cp /home/$USER/test.txt /myfiles/Users/$USER/

Example job script


#SBATCH --time=01:00:00   # walltime limit (HH:MM:SS)
#SBATCH --nodes=1   # number of nodes
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=16   # 16 processor core(s) per node
#SBATCH --mail-type=begin
#SBATCH --mail-type=end

module load modulename
your code/commands

Copy/paste the above job script into a text file, add your modules and commands, and submit with the following command:

sbatch filename

Check your queued jobs:

squeue -u your_netID

Available Software

Check out the following:

Further Reading

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