DataScience Workbook / 06. High-Performance Computing (HPC) / 1. Introduction to HPC infrastructure / 1.3 ISU HPC / 1.3.2 Nova Computing Cluster


Nodes and storage can be purchased on the Nova cluster for use by the researchers at ISU. For details about the Nova cluster, click here.

Getting Started

Access and Login

Before logging in the first time, check the Loging in section of the Intro to ISU HPC ⤴ page for information about getting started. Install Google Authenticator on Android ⤴, iPhone ⤴ or Windows ⤴ devices for authentication.

Once connected to ISU network, use any Terminal (Terminal on Linux/Mac and Powershell on Windows) and input following command to log in to Nova:

 ssh <ISU NetID>

Data Transfer and Jobs

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

# Data transfer example

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

Once logged in you can start using Nova cluster and submit jobs using SLURM Workload Manager ⤴. SLURM is used to allocate memory and processors to an input job on Nova. If not familiar with the script, use this Script generator for Nova ⤴, input your requirements and it will generate a text script. You can then copy this script in a text file, add your commands at the bottom and then submit the job. Check out the SLURM Basics ⤴ to learn about running your job on Nova or any other HPC Cluster.

Example job script


#SBATCH --time=01:00:00   # walltime limit (HH:MM:SS)
#SBATCH --nodes=1   # number of nodes
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=36   # 36 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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