Getting Started

This manual provides detailed instructions and examples for using the Halcyon Cluster.  It covers the essential tools required to begin building effective scripts. The manual progresses from the initial steps of establishing an account to building and submitting scripts through the Portable Batch System (PBS). The user is encouraged to read through it for a general overview of scripting basics, and then to use it as a reference. Additionally, the Troubleshooting and Appendix sections provide methods and resources for tackling a variety of issues that have invariably confused prior users.  

Although batch scripting may appear intimidating at first, once you begin experimenting with the basic components of the PBS and acquiring knowledge, it quickly becomes much simpler. This manual will help you overcome the stumbling blocks that commonly prevent new users from moving forward. Soon you will be focusing entirely on your research as the mechanics of scripting become second nature.