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Please bring a laptop computer to class. By using Linux on your own computer you can more quickly incorporate what you learn into your own research. Before the first class, please…

  1. Select a computer to bring to class
  2. Learn how to open the linux terminal on your computer
  3. Download and install all required software
  4. Request a Summit user account

1) Select a computer to bring to class

You will need to bring either a MAC laptop or a laptop running Windows 10 (build 1607+) or a linux laptop. We will no longer be supporting PC laptops running Windows versions less than 10. If you don't have a Mac, Windows10, or linux laptop, please contact Erin Nishimura. We have Mac OS laptops you can borrow for part or all of the course, available for use during the class time. You will still need to make your own arrangements to perform Assignments outside of class in some other way.

2) Learn how to open the linux terminal on your computer

What is a linux terminal? It should look something like this:

Here are the options for accessing a a linux terminal on different systems. Again, please verify you can access your terminal before class:

MAC Laptop Users

Lucky you! Your MAC runs on a Linux-like operating system. All you need to get running is to familiarize yourself with the Terminal application.

  1. Go to Finder
  2. Go to Applications
  3. Go to Utilities
  4. Click on Terminal to open the application
  5. For faster access, you can drag and drop Terminal into your Dock.

PC Laptop Users Running Windows 10

If you are running 64-bit version of Windows 10 Anniversary Update or later (build 1607+), you can install Linux on top of the Windows operating system. Please read Install the Linux Subsystem on Windows 10 to install the system.

Linux Distro Laptop Users

If you have a laptop that is running a Linux distro natively, you are all set to go. To access the terminal, search the DASH for Terminal. Click on the Terminal icon to open the application.

None Of This Is Working For Me

If you can't access a Linux terminal, please contact Erin Nishimura prior to class.

3) Download and install all required software

You will need…

  1. a text editor
  2. an ftp client

Text editor

Everyone will need to install a text editor for writing and modifying plain text files.

ftp client

We will use an interactive ftp client to transfer and edit files on remote servers. We recommend FileZilla . To download and install, follow these steps:

4) Request a Summit user account

Summit is a high performance computing cluster (a.k.a. supercomputer) that is housed at the University of Colorado Boulder and available for us to use. Please request access to Summit by following Step 1 and Step 2 under HPC Summit: Get Started.