H2P User Guide

The H2P (Hail to Pitt!) is the main computational cluster at the Center for Research Computing. In this document, we present all the information you need about H2P.

Access to H2P

CRC computational resources are housed off campus at the University’s main data center. CRC clusters are firewalled, so you can not directly access them when you are off-campus.

Off-campus access

If you are off-campus, the cluster is accessible securely from almost any where in the world via a Virtual Private Network (VPN), a service of CSSD. The VPN requires certain software to run on your system, and multiple alternatives are available in order to cover almost all systems and configurations.

Students, faculty, and staff can download the Pulse Secure client from the Software Download Service . The Pulse Secure client software for Windows and Macintosh PCs is listed under the vendor Pulse Secure as "Pulse VPN Desktop Client." For individuals who do not have access to the Software Download Service, the Pulse Secure client is available for download.

Install Pulse VPN and follow the instruction as follows:

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    On-campus access

    To use CRC resources, users must first have a valid Pitt ID and formally request an account. check link Once you have valid login credentials, the clusters can be accessed via SSH. For example to connect to H2P:

    $ ssh pittID@h2p.crc.pitt.edu

    Your username is your PittID and your password is the same as your campus-wide Pitt password.


    Download/Install Xming or Putty (use Windows MSI installer package). Putty setup instruction provided in the following snapshots.

    Mac and Linux

    Open your favorite terminal emulator

    Application Specific Documentation