This document is for students enrolled in Computational Physics courses (PHY480, PHY102, PHY201, PHY305...). It gives some instructions for using the classroom computers in room 1240 BPS Bldg.
You will be given a login username and a temporary password.
Please login to your new account and change the password. To do this, login
with the temporary password, and once on the system, type yppasswd
to invoke the password changing program. Do not be confused - it will first
ask you for your existing password, then twice for your new
password. All new passwords must be at least 6 characters long. Choose
a password easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess.
However, if you have a computer that you use frequently to connect to
the cluster, please take time to download and install the Secure Shell.
The official site for this secure and supported by PA Computing Services
tool is http://www.onsight.com/ssh/faq/ssh-faq.html
Please use version 1.2 and not 2.x, to be compatible with gauss.
If you have access to a Linux machine and know how to use Linux, you
can download the SSH package from:
More likely though, you have a Windows machine. Windows comes with its own fairly primitive telnet, but you can download a very nice remote-login system for Windows at:
and then add to it an SSH extension to enable secure connections to gauss:
If you don't have the WinZip program to unpack the above zip files, download an evaluation version for the purpose from:
In case of problems, talk to Aleksandar
Donev or PA Computing Services.
has been last updated on 23 December 2002 by David Tomanek.