HTC User Guide

This guide will provide you the basic information needed for accessing and running jobs on HTC clusters at University of Hong Kong. Details of hardware configuration and installed software of the HTC clusters is available at

Quick Start for New HTC users

  1. Request an HTC account
  2. PC accessing HKU campus network (WiFi: HKU; Off-campus: HKUVPN)
    1. Connect to HTC cluster via SSH(Secure Shell)
      1. Windows: Download an ssh client(e.g. PuTTY)
      2. Linux: Open a terminal and type “ssh -l [username] [htc_hostname]”
      3. Mac OS X: Open terminal application in Application/Accessories and type “ssh -l [username] [htc_hostname]”
  3. Log in with provided initial password or HKU Portal PIN(if you have changed your HKU Portal PIN)
  4. Edit and compile your programs
  5. Submit and monitor batch jobs
  6. Transfer Data to/from the HTC system
    1. Command Line: Open terminal of a Mac or Linux machine and use utilities such as scp, sftp and rsync.
    2. Graphical client to scp/sftp:
      1. For Windows users, you can download free secure-copy clients such as WinSCP, FileZilla.
      2. For Mac OS X users, you can download GUI clients such as FileZilla, Fugu or Cyberduck.