Linux Cluster

Information About the Linux Cluster

Penn State has an academic Linux Cluster to give students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to work on an operating system that is quickly being adopted into business, industry, science, education, and government.

Linux has been deployed here at Penn State because of student demand and low cost of ownership.  Being an educational institution, Penn State wants to facilitate students, faculty and staff with the latest technological advances in all aspects of Information Technology.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the most prevalent version of Linux in use today mostly in business and specialty fields, and has partnerships with Sun, Dell, HP, and IBM.  We chose Red Hat because it is the most widely distributed Linux option, and the most likely version that students, faculty, and staff would encounter away from the labs and classrooms of Penn State.


In order to access these servers, ssh to and use your Penn State access ID to log in. If you need an ssh client and have a Penn State access id, you can download one for Windows or Macintosh from

NOTE: Starting September 1st, 2017 users who connect to Learning Applications and Technologies’ Linux Cluster while off campus will need to install and use the VPN "AnyConnect" client application prior to using Linux Cluster. This change is an added security measure for those accessing resources on the Linux Cluster from outside the Penn State campus.  

The VPN AnyConnect client is available at under "Connecting to Penn State." Instructions for installing VPN AnyConnect are available at

For help connecting to the cluster, visit the our access pages to learn how to connect to the cluster via the command line or graphical applications.

Please be aware that there are intermittent problems with mounting and accessing PASS at login. If you have issues logging in please submit a Help Request for support!


The Linux Cluster runs many commonly installed programs as well as some mathmatical, statistical, and GIS programs.  Learn more about what software is installed on the Linux Cluster on our Software Page.

Help and Support

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions and answers

CLC Help Request: Request help from CLC for problems or ask about adding applications on the cluster.

Last Updated August 21, 2017