There are few things to do *before* the course starts. Please read carefully and follow the instructions so we can have a good start to the course. Contact us in case anything in unclear.
During the course we will be using Uppsala University’s high performance computer cluster (Uppmax) as well as run scripts locally on laptops using
To be able to follow exercises we ask you to
configure access to Uppmax;
install Integrative Genomics Viewer on your laptop.
install the ThinLinc client to easily access uppmax.
Computational resources are provided by SNIC / Uppmax . To be able to use them
create a user account (only if you do not already have one);
associate your user account with the course project.
Create user account & request membership in the course project (for those new to Uppmax)
This involves few steps. Briefly,
registering at SUPR;
accepting the User Agreement;
becoming a member in both the storage project ( NAISS 2023/23-349) and the compute project ( NAISS 2023/22-673);
applying for an account at Uppmax.
To go through the steps follow the instructions on Uppmax website. While at this keep this information handy:
Cluster name: rackham
Project ID: NAISS 2023/22-673 and NAISS 2023/23-349
Request membership in the course project (for those already having Uppmax account)
log in to SUPR;
under Projects: Requesting Membership in Projects, request membership in NAISS 2023/22-673 and NAISS 2023/23-349
Check configuration (everyone)
After you complete setting-up
log in to
idin the command line
copy the output of the command and email back (to the course organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org)
A guide on how to log in for the first time
R and RStudio
We will also be using the latest version of
RStudio locally. Both of these work on computers running Linux, Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
RStudio is a set of tools as well as an editor that facilitates the use of
R (R ICE). Over the last years it has become a very popular tool and in many ways become a de-facto standard for working with
Note that on same operative systems it will be easier to install and run
RStudio if you are administrator of your own computer and hence are allowed to install software on your machine. If you do not have these privileges please ask your system administrator to install the latest version of
To install, follow the instructions on the IGV website.
Further optional preparations
It might be useful to set up two factor authorization for UPPMAX. This will be necessary to acces the webversion of ThinLinc at https://rackham-gui.uppmax.uu.se and makes it easier to connect from abroad. The instructions to set up 2FA can be found here: https://www.uppmax.uu.se/support/user-guides/setting-up-two-factor-authentication/.
For those of you wanting to start ahead and/or brush up on various skills before the course.
If you have no access to Uppmax, where all software is preinstalled, you can configure your own system to follow the exercises.
The dependencies are listed in Dependencies .