Updated 2020-12-29

SSH into the Cluster

What is SSH?

  • SSH stands for Secure Shell
  • A program for logging into a remote machine securely
  • SSH is how you log into and interact with the cluster


To SSH into cluster you MUST be on campus wifi or connected to the Gatech VPN

Logging Into Cluster - Linux / Mac / Windows PowerShell

  • Open up a new terminal and simply use this template:

  • To log onto Phoenix Cluster:

ssh someuser3@login-phoenix.pace.gatech.edu
  • To log onto Hive Cluster :
ssh someuser3@login-hive.pace.gatech.edu


  • Use your GT username in place of "someuser3"
  • Must be on GT campus internet or connected to Gatech VPN
  • Next, you will be prompted for a pasword. Enter your GT password. Note when typing passwords in Linux, the password line will be blank and won't show characters. Press enter to login.


  • You should be logged into your account on a headnode. You can now interact with the cluster, submit jobs, make files, and do anything else you would do normally on a computer.



  • We recommend that you SSH into the cluster through Windows PowerShell
  • To do so, simply type "PowerShell" into the Windows search bar and click on the "Windows PowerShell" application that comes up.
  • This will open a terminal where you can use the instructions from the Logging Into Cluster section above to SSH into the Cluster.
  • PuTTy is an alternative way to SSH into the Cluster if you are unable to use PowerShell.
  • After you have installed PuTTy, open it and you should see a screen similar to this one.


  • In the HostName bar, enter your account address: someuser3@login-phoenix.pace.gatech.edu (or someuser3@login-hive.pace.gatech.edu for hive). Use your GT username instead of "someuser3".
  • Click open and in the terminal type in your GT password when prompted for password.


You may see a warning that looks like this: Screenshot Click "Yes". You can now enter your password. Please note that although you may not see any characters appear when you begin typing your password (this is a security feature), your password input is indeed going through.

  • Congratulations! You are now logged into your account on a headnode and able to interact with the cluster through the terminal.