Getting Started
Access Information
Code Development
Computing Resources
Running Jobs
Documentation and Training
Careers at A*CRC
Access Information  
Access Prerequisites
Users can access the A*CRC system resources if the following prerequisites are satisfied:

From within A*STAR Network
From outside Networks
Valid account on the A*CRC system(s)
Signed legal compliance agreement
Network connectivity from local system to A*CRC
SSH protocol software installed on your local machine; 
Virtual Private Network (VPN) account + VPN software installed on local system

Available Resources
A*CRC has a variety of hardware, storage and software resources available to A*STAR HPC users. A*CRC experts can advise on the right match of resources to be made available for each user’s particular computing needs. More information is to be found on the Computing Resources page.

Access Policies
All A*CRC account holders and users must strictly observe the existing A*CRC Usage Policy and any rulings and policies as may be instituted by A*STAR or IDA. By signing the Account Request Form the user agrees to abide by the A*CRC Usage Policy. This is a pre-requisite before obtaining a user account and access to A*CRC resources.

Login Shells
The A*CRC Linux systems have bash default shell, the AIX systems provide ksh (Korn) default shell.
Access Methods

Using SSH
Direct login to the A*CRC systems from within A*STAR network can only be executed using Secure Shell protocol (SSH). SSH includes scp and SFTP for file transfers between hosts.

The X Window System (also known as X11, X or X-Windows) is a computer software system and network protocol that provides a basis for graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and rich input device capability for networked computers. It is a requirement for most graphical UNIX and Linux applications.



File Transfer

X Windows System



ssh, scp, sftp

Comes Standard
Mac OS

ssh, ...

ssh, scp, sftp



Putty SSH Client




Virtual Private Network (VPN) Remote Access
For A*STAR users, you will need an account on your Institute's Virtual Private Network (VPN). 
For Non-A*STAR users, you will need an account on A*CRC's Virtual Private Network (SSL VPN). 

Once you logged in to VPN you need to use ssh or putty.

Machine Login Names
All host machines have login names identical to their main system name.

To access them use the host name followed by the a-star.edu.sg domain address:

For example to access axle use: ssh [user_name]@[host_name].acrc.a-star.edu.sg

Currently the existing systems are:


Last Updated - 29th Nov 2016
Privacy Policy