This system is a great entry point for computational researchers and students, as it functions like a personal (but shared) Linux laptop that you can access from anywhere. It is ideally suited for coursework you want to run somewhere other than your own laptop, teaching, or for accessing commercially licensed academic software, e.g. Mathematica, MATLAB, StataSE, among others. Nobel uses the OIT home filesystem for storage (a.k.a. the H: drive). 

Some Technical Specifications
Nobel consists of a pair of large, multicore servers running Linux. This load balanced system is currently comprised of two Dell R610 servers named after Princeton Nobel Laureates, Compton and Davisson. For more technicals details, see the Hardware Configuration section below.


How to Access The Nobel System

All members of Princeton with a netid already have access to the Nobel system. To get started, you simply have to enable your Princeton Linux account. 

  1. Enabling Princeton Linux Account

    Nobel is a Linux system. If your Nobel account is your first Princeton OIT Linux account, then you need to enable your Linux account (link requires VPN if off-campus).

    If you need help, the process is described in the Knowledge Base article Unix: How do I enable/change the default Unix shell on my account? For more on Unix, you can see Introduction to Unix at Princeton.

    Once you have access, you should not need to register again unless your account goes unused for more than six months.

  2. Logging into Nobel

    It is no longer necessary to register for the Nobel system. After enabling your Linux account (see above), you should be able to SSH into it using the command below.

    $ ssh <YourNetID>
    For more on how to SSH, see the Knowledge Base article Secure Shell (SSH): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How to Use the Nobel System

Since Adroit is a Linux system, knowing some basic Linux commands is highly recommended. For an introduction to navigating a Linux system, view the material associated with our Intro to Linux Command Line workshop. 

Using Adroit also requires some knowledge on how to properly use the file system, module system, and how to use the scheduler that handles each user's jobs. For an introduction to navigating Princeton's High Performance Computing systems, view the material associated with our Getting Started with the Research Computing Clusters workshop. Some additional information specific to Nobel can be found below.

To attend a live session of either workshop, see our Trainings page for the next available workshop.
For more resources, see our Support - How to Get Help page.

Important Guidelines

Please be mindful that Nobel is a shared resource for all users.

There is no batch scheduler running on the Nobel cluster, and users are urged to avoid launching processes that will overburden the system.

Hardware Configuration

For more technical details, click here to see the full version of the systems table. 

System Processor
Nodes Cores
per Node
per Node
Total Cores Inter-connect Performance:
Nobel Dell Linux Server 2.3 GHz Haswell 2 28 224 GB 56 N/A 1.03 TFLOPS

Filesystem Usage and Quotas

Nobel uses the central OIT home filesystem known as the H: drive, where all users have a 5GB quota.

Information about the H: drive and how to access it from Windows and Mac OS X systems can be found here in the Knowledge Base article Central File Server: Frequently Asked.

If a higher quota is needed, please see the Knowledge Base article Quotas and Increase Request-Exchange, voicemailbox & central file server storage. Submit the on-line form (link is external) to apply for additional quota.

Maintenance Window

Nobel will be down for maintenance the second Tuesday of the month from 6-10 AM.