How to Login to Talapas

Your username on Talapas will be your Duck ID.  (That is, if your email address is, your Talapas username will be "alice".)  Your password is the same University-wide and can be managed at the UO password reset page.

You must have a valid University of Oregon DuckID to use Talapas.

We leverage the UO Identity Access Management system, Microsoft Active Directory, for authentication which requires all users to have a valid DuckID.

Links are provided below for external collaborators, graduating researchers, or automation accounts to continue their access to the cluster.


A virtual private network (VPN) connection is recommended to access the cluster. This adds an extra layer of security, and will only prompt you for 2-factor authentication once.

Instructions here: Article - Getting Started with UO VPN (

Connecting via SSH

The SSH protocol is used for all shell connections to the login nodes.  Multiple SSH are clients available–you can use whichever one you find most convenient.

If you’re not connected to the UOVPN, you’ll want to SSH to our login loadbalancer:

If you’re connected to the UOVPN, you can use any one of the 4 login nodes directly:

Your files will be present on all login nodes, so you don’t need to always use the same one!

Once logged into a login node, you can navigate the storage system, write scripts, edit code, and launch jobs.  Remember that login nodes are NOT an appropriate place to run applications or simulations. A good rule of thumb to use: if something takes longer than a few seconds to run, then it's inappropriate for a login node. Instead, use a compute node.  For information on launching an interactive session on a compute node see How-to Start an Interactive Job.

Mac OS X and Linux

If you're logging in from one of these operating systems, it's easiest to just use the builtin ssh command.  To do this, open a terminal emulation program (often called "Terminal") to get a command-line on your workstation.  Then enter a command like this:

$ ssh Welcome to Talapas!'s password: Last login: Thu May 25 10:18:23 2017 from [myDuckID@ln1 ~]$

Note: For security, no characters will display when entering your password.

Microsoft Windows

Windows has no builtin SSH client, but you can download and install one of several free clients:

Configuration varies, but it's generally sufficient to specify SSH as the protocol and to use the hostname, username, and password information as specified above.

Google Chrome

On a Chromebook, or most other platforms that run the Google Chrome web browser, you can install the Google Chrome Secure Shell extension.  This is a terminal emulator and SSH client that runs in a Chrome window.

X11 Forwarding

Some programs expect to show graphic output using the X Window System (also known as X11).  This generally requires that you run an X server on your local workstation, and that you forward X traffic from the Talapas host that's running the graphic program.

  • On Linux, you'll usually already be running an X server. 

  • On Mac OS X, you'll need to install and start XQuartz.

  • On Microsoft Windows, there are several solutions.  Perhaps the easiest is to install MobaXterm, which also includes an X server.

Once the server is running, you can forward X11 traffic to it when you start an SSH connection.  For command-line clients, this is as easy as adding the -Y flag for :

ssh -Y

For other SSH clients, you may need to configure the corresponding option.

See How-to Run an X11 application for more details on running an X11 program on a compute node.

Blocked ports

Note that inbound access to the new cluster is only allowed for SSH and Open OnDemand. All other ports are blocked.

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