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Please see the QuickStart Guide for New Users, specifically the section "Choosing Which System to Use".

CLICK HERE for a handout of common pbs script commands, environment variables, job monitoring commands, cluster and group information. 

There are also a number of commands that can be used to monitor job queues and machines (CLICK HERE for a Summary Sheet of common job monitoring commands).

You may also refer to the Running Jobs Page and Job Monitoring Page for a description of the general features of job scripts, how to submit them for execution and how to monitor their progress.

As some of the commands, sample scripts and usage policies vary from one WestGrid system to another, please consult the QuickStart Guide for the particular system on which you are working for additional details.

WestGrid offers online training sessions on topics such as getting started with WestGrid, programming languages, specialized software, research data management, and data visualization tools.

WestGrid also coordinates in-person training sessions to deliver interactive, hands-on instruction on a range of introductory and advanced topics. This can include:

If you would like WestGrid to host an in-person training session at your institutions, please contact Alex Razoumov for more information. 

To stay informed of upcoming training opportunities, join our mailing list and/or follow WestGrid on Twitter (@WestGrid).