Introduction to Odyssey — Online


This online training covers various aspects of accessing and using Odyssey, our 60K+ core computer cluster:

  • Access and Login
  • Placing files, filesystems, and storag
  • Selecting and/or installing software
  • Determining resource requirements (time, RAM, partition)
  • Writing SLURM submission scripts
  • Troubleshooting, pitfalls, and acceptable use
  • Methods for obtaining help
  • IT, Data Security, and Data Usage Agreements (DUA)

Although we will touch on the documentation listed below, the goal of this training is to provide a unified synthesis of this material to help you understand how you can use the compute resources effectively & efficiently.

There are three parts to completing your training online:

  1. Watching a short slide deck video and narration
  2. Taking an online quiz
  3. Completing a 2-minute survey

The total amount of time to complete all three steps should be about 30 minutes. If you do not complete all three steps, our system may not register you as having fulfilled your training requirement.

IT/Data Security

Please note that if you are working with confidential information or have a Data Usage Agreement (DUA), you must make an appointment with RC for a discussion on execution of the DUA and for further training.

Step 1: Watch the Video

The Introduction to Odyssey video is divided into six, short 4-minute sections which move quickly. We urge you to watch all sections in their entirety, but feel free to pause to take notes as needed.

Click here to start the online video

If you are vision or hearing-impaired, please contact RCHelp for alternate arrangements.

Video Updates

Please note the following changes to our Introduction since the video had been produced:

  • The 'interact' partition/queue is now called 'test'

Step 2: Take the Quiz

2018 UPDATE: We are updating the quiz due to now-outdated portions which would require you to enter incorrect answers. Once you have completed the video above, you are done. We will introduce a new quiz in the coming weeks, but you will not be required to go back and complete it. Please, however, do review the documentation below for additional help and information.

You must complete a short, 11-question quiz. Feel free to review the video material before taking the quiz. Once you start the quiz, you have 20 minutes to complete it. You must score 100% to proceed to Step 3. However, you can retake the quiz as many times as you'd like.

NOTE!! When starting the test, ensure that your RCUsername and email affiliated with your RC account are entered correctly. If these do not match what we have on file, your completion status may be missed.

Click here to take the online quiz

Step 3: Complete the Survey

The final step to your online training is completing a short, two minute quiz. Note that the survey link will not appear below this line unless you have scored 100% on the quiz in Step 2.



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Last updated: February 12, 2018 at 14:24 pm