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Common Problems

Common problems and how to fix them.

My password doesn't work but i know it is the correct one.

First, try to log into with the same username and password.  If you are able to log in to Access Caltech, then you have the correct username and password for the cluster.  If you are still having trouble logging in to the cluster, you probably do not have the entitlement to log into the cluster.  If your group has not yet been set up to access the cluster, then that should be done first . The PI or admin of you group should be able to add you on the HPC admin console.  Your PI can also contact us and we can do it for them at

I am getting a "connection refused" error messsage when trying to connect to the cluster

The cluster is only accessible from on campus or via VPN and you are likely not on either.  If you already have vpn access, you can connect to that first and then to the cluster.  If you have a machine on campus you can connect to remotely, you can connect there and then into the cluster.

I requested a lot of cores on a computer, but it is only using one.

If it is not an MPI job, then you executable may not be multithreaded, or you didn't specify the number of threads.  If you know your application is multithreaded using openMP but it isn't using the additional cores, you may need to set the appropriate environment variable.  Often you need to set something like the following: