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Getting Started on Compute Canada National Systems

Compute Canada’s national clusters -- CedarGraham and Niagara -- and the Compute Canada Cloud are available for use by researchers across Canada.

How To Access Cedar, Graham, Niagara

  • You can SSH to the new servers using the following login nodes:
  • ** Note: You will need to use your Compute Canada username and password to login (the same credentials you use for the CCDB). If you have troubles logging in or have forgotten your Compute Canada username or password, contact

  • You can transfer files to and from the new systems using the Globus endpoints:

How To Access the Compute Canada Cloud

Accessing the Compute Canada Cloud is a two-step process. First, you must have a Compute Canada account. Once you are registered in the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB), you can then apply for access to the Cloud. To register for a Compute Canada Cloud account, click here. Other cloud instructions and documenation can be found here.

How To Use

The Compute Canada Documentation Wiki will be your go-to reference centre for step-by-step instructions and documentation for:

Getting Help & Reporting Issues

Mini-Webinars - Intros to the Basics

A series of short webinars (5-10 minutes each) are available for quick and basic overviews of the new systems. These are meant to complement the Documentation Wiki pages, which are more detailed.  

  • Getting an account: If you don’t have a Compute Canada account, you’ll need to register for one to access these new national systems.
  • General info: General information about the new national systems.
  • Getting help: Need help? This short video will show you how and where to get it.
  • Software environment: Learn more about the software environment of the national systems.
  • File systems: Discover the ins and outs of the file systems on the new national systems.
  • Managing jobs: Find out how to manage jobs on the new national systems, including basic slurm commands.
  • Common mistakes to avoid: Save yourself time and discover the most common mistakes to avoid.
  • Accessing the environment: This short video will tell you everything you need to know about accessing the new environment - from login to data transfer.

Other National System Training Events

  • Introduction to Using Cedar
    WestGrid hosted an introduction to using Cedar. The demo included instructions for logging in, exploring the file systems, compiling basic programs, working with modules, running jobs via the SLURM scheduler, running interactive jobs, finding documentation and getting help. 
    Click here to view the recording

  • How Jobs are Scheduled to Run on Graham and Cedar
    SHARCNET hosted a webinar that described the configuration of the national systems' Slurm scheduler and explained how it determines how jobs are dispatched to resources. This presentation also provided recommended best practices when submitting jobs and demonstrate tools for monitoring jobs and the job queue on Graham and Cedar.
    Click here to view the recording

  • What's New & Exciting About Graham's GPUs
    SHARCNET presented a webinar outlining the newest and largest SHARCNET cluster and Compute Canada national system, Graham. This webinar discussed all the new important features of the Graham GPUs, with a live demonstration.
    Click here to view the recording

  • Using the Niagara Supercomputer
    SciNet introduces Compute Canada's newest cluster, Niagara, with a demonstration of how to log in, load software, and submit jobs. 
    Click here to view the recording

  • Cloud Basics: Logging in & creating a virtual machine
    This one-hour tutorial walks you through how to get started with the Compute Canada Cloud, covering how to log in and configure a simple virtual machine that can be used to support your work.
    Click here to view the recording