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Supercomputing for Everyone Series

Research Desktop (RED) at IU

Started Jan 1, 2019

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Full course description

About This Training

Research Desktop (RED) is a graphical desktop service for users with accounts on the Carbonate research supercomputer at Indiana University. RED is designed for users who are unaccustomed to working in Unix-like command-line environments. RED helps reduce the learning curve for users with little or no command-line experience and, as a result, promotes broader use of IU's research cyberinfrastructure.

Length: 1-2 weeks

Certificate: Yes

Audience: IU students, faculty, staff, and non-IU collaborators with IU guest account


This course will introduce the operation of IU High Performance Computing Systems and Research Desktop (RED) including the data storage option, sensitive data management, Research Desktop basic operation, file transmission and job execution. There are some practice questions that can help you to practice the Carbonate opreating skills.


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Additional Information

To enroll in the course:

  1. Click “Enroll”
  2. Login to Expand if you have not already done so. (You will either use your IU credentials to login, or take steps to create a guest login if you do not have IU credentials.)
  3. Click “Enroll in Course”
  4. Select “Go to Your Dashboard”
  5. Locate the proper course under “In Progress” then select “Begin Course"

Course Modules

1. Preparation
- Pathfinder Quiz
- Apply for the Account
- Knowledge Base (KB)
- Status.IU
2. Storage Options
- Storage Options at IU
- Storage Option - Home Directory
- Storage Option - Scholarly Data Archive
- Storage Option - Slate
3. Work with Sensitive Data
- About Sensitive Data at IU
- Your Legal Responsibilities for Protecting Data
- About Protected Health Information
- About HIPAA
- Sensitive Data Quiz
4. Getting Start with Research Desktop (RED)
- Introduction to Research Desktop (RED)
- Install the ThinLinc Client
- Configure the ThinLinc Client
- Connect to Research Desktop
- Logging out or Disconnecting session
5. Research Desktop (RED) Operation
- Research Desktop Features and Icons
- Research Desktop Basic Operation
- Access Your Storage Account
- Transfer File by thindrives
- More about the Research Desktop
6. Specific Job Practice (Optional)
- Run MATLAB in Karst or Carbonate
- Run Python in Karst or Carbonate
- Run Stata in Karst or Carbonate