Hardware and Software Requirements for PICSciE Workshops

Registration is now open for all the mini-courses and workshops at www.princeton.edu/training.

Many of the workshops offered by PICSciE have a hands-on component where participants will have the opportunity to directly work through the material on their laptop. To participate in the hands-on lessons one will need:

  • A laptop with sufficient battery power and the ability to connect to the eduroam wireless network
  • You will need to be able to Duo authenticate to use campus resources
  • Enable your Unix account through OIT
  • An SSH client installed on your laptop (see below)
  • Most workshops require that participants have an account on our Adroit HPC training cluster
  • Make sure you can SSH to Adroit before attending the workshop (see below)
SSH clients

An SSH (secure shell) client is a piece of software that allows one to connect securely to a remote machine and run commands. You will need to have an SSH client installed on your laptop before the workshop in order to participate in the hands-on lessons. Here is how to obtain an SSH client for each of the three major operating systems:

  • Linux: You have a built-in SSH client available on the command line
  • macOS: Use the built-in Terminal app located in /Applications/Utilities
  • Windows 10: Use the built-in OpenSSH client via PowerShell
  • Windows 10 with Windows Subsystem for Linux: Use the SSH client available in Linux
  • Windows 8: We recommend that you install either PuTTY or MobaXTerm

An alternative to an SSH client is to run shell commands via the web portal https://myadroit.princeton.edu. From the menu at the top of the page, choose "Clusters" then "Adroit Cluster Shell Access". Della also has a web portal at https://mydella.princeton.edu.

SSHing to Adroit

After connecting to the eduroam wireless network enter the following command in your SSH client:

ssh <your-netid>@adroit.princeton.edu

Enter your password when prompted. If this is your first time connecting to Adroit then answer 'yes' when prompted. If the connection is successful you will arrive at the command line. To disconnect type 'exit' and hit then 'return' key.

Note that you cannot connect to Adroit from off-campus without using either a VPN or by first connecting to an authorized machine such at tigressgateway.princeton.edu. If you have an account and you are having trouble connecting then see this page.