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User Guide Overview


This page provides a general overview of how to use the SRDC Virtual Machine (VM) and High Performance Computing (HPC) services. Details are limited to protect data security on the platform, but an information handbook will be provided to those approved for an SRDC allocation.

Obtaining an Account

Interested parties can schedule a consultation with SRDC consultants to determine data security level and discuss data security agreements. Upon approval, an SRDC allocation will be assigned to the participating faculty member under their Faculty Computing Allowance or Condo.


Once you have been approved for work on the SRDC, your CalNet credentials will give you access to SRDC through a private portal.

Logging in

The SRDC is accessible via a secure gateway with multi-factor authentication. Once logged on to the portal, proceed to your service, either HPC or VM.

Transferring Data

The SRDC team works with researchers to facilitate secure file and data ingress and egress with SRDC services. We support a variety of data transfer options across platforms, including the use of Globus. Note that Windows VM, Linux VM, and SRDC have unique data transfer requirements outlined in the information handbook provided to individuals onboarded to the SRDC.


Installing Software and Running Jobs

SRDC, like Savio, provides a variety of software installed by the system administrators and SRDC consultants, including compilers, interpreters, and tools for machine learning, statistical analysis, data visualization, bioinformatics, computational biology, and other sciences. Berkeley’s Savio documentation provides details on available software and modules.

When you initially log into a cluster, you'll land on a login node. Here you can edit scripts, compile programs and use the SLURM job scheduler to submit jobs to run on one or more of the cluster's many compute nodes. Berkeley’s Savio documentation provides details on how to submit HPC computing jobs.

Interactive Computing

SRDC virtual machines behave like standard Windows or Linux interactive computing environments. VMs are made available for researchers who require, or prefer, a specific operating system. Software modules, libraries, and visualization tools will be pre-installed by the SRDC support team.