Remote Computing Overview
First, you need an account for the Advanced Computing Facility
Sign up on the accounts page.
Off Campus access requires a VPN (Virtual Private Network) Connection
From off campus sites, it will be necessary for users to have a user account with permission to use the KU VPN security framework (KU Anywhere). Each user's computer must be configured for VPN, of course, and that is a detailed process that is particular to each operating system. For that part, we suggest you should contact KU IT, which does support KU Anywhere (their name for is VPN). We have some tips about VPN, but we are just users (not experts!). The true authorities are in the KU IT tech support group.
How to Access the Cluster?
There are two methods through which users interact with the cluster: Command Line Interface (CLI) or Graphical User Interface (GUI). The command line interface is discussed in greater depth in our Terminal Emulator page. The CLI offers the most reproducible user experience, since everything is typed into a terminal (or launched from the terminal).
For Graphical User Interfaces we offer two options: a remote desktop client and the X11 Server. Please see the help page for Interactive Sessions (Remote Desktop Displays) for details.
A Little Linux Understanding Will Go a Long Way
As explained in the Remote Desktops help page, we are trying to make interaction with the ACF cluster as user-friendly as possible. However, at the end of the day, this is still a GNU Linux system. In order to make a transition to "high performance computing", it will help quite a bit to study a bare-minimum of the Linux system terminology. That is the focus of our page Linux System Tips.