How to use biglab.seas.upenn.edu

Some courses involve computer assignments that generate heavy load, and therefore are not well suited to shared computing environments. Students in these courses use Biglab for these assignments, as the resource restrictions in place on shared machines like Eniac will terminate CPU- and memory-intensive processes.

Access to Biglab is not available to all SEAS students, only those registered for certain courses. CETS does not provide access to Biglab for individual students.

How to access biglab

The biglab machines can be accessed by SSHing to biglab.seas.upenn.edu (works both on- and off-campus):

ssh biglab.seas.upenn.edu

Alternatively, use the Biglab monitoring page to see a list of available machines and then SSH to a specific Biglab machine.

Running GUI applications on Biglab

You can use X11 forwarding or VNC to run GUI applications on Biglab.

Storage space on biglab

Your SEAS home directory will be mounted automatically when you log in to biglab. If you are working with especially large data, unsuitable for storing in your home directory, consider using the /scratch partition. Files saved to /scratch may be deleted at any time, so don't store anything there that can't be re-created easily.

Common reasons for biglab access problems

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