Getting Access to DeepThought

This page will guide you on the steps to get access and then connect to the HPC on your operating system of choice.

Flinders Staff / HDR Students

  1. Create a ServiceOne Ticket asking for Access to the HPC. Currently the request is under the following path: Research Services -> Undertake Research -> Access to DeepThought HPC.
  2. Pick your Operating System (Unix/Linux/MacOS or Windows )
  3. Read up on some basic SLURM


Currently, the HPC is not open to Undergraduates on a general basis. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis - please talk to your project supervisor first and then contact the HPC Support Team via email.


MacOS / MacOSX shares a similar procedure to Unix/BSD Based system. Unix/Linux & MacOS systems have native support for the SSH Protocol, used to connect to the HPC.

The Windows Sub-System for Linux

The windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) allows you to run a Linux Distribution as a sub-system in windows. When following these instructions, a ‘terminal’ is the same as starting your WSL Distribution. Generally, if you are using the WSL, then following the Unix/Linux instructions.

Getting Connected

The simplest manner is to open up a terminal window and type in the following, substituting FAN for your FAN as needed.

  • ssh

If all is OK it will ask for your password. Enter the same password you use to login to OKTA.



Upon a successful login, you should get a screen similar to this:


If so, you are now connected and ready to start using the HPC!

SSH Keys

If you wish to setup password-less login via SSH Keys, you may do so.


To connect to Deep Thought a SSH application such as PuTTy is required. Below is a short list of the possible programs you can use as a client to connect to the HPC. This guide will focus on Putty - but will be equally applicable to the other programs.

Getting Connected on Windows

Open PuTTy, and you are presented with this screen:


  • Fill in the hostname to be:,
  • Change the Connection Type to SSH
  • Set the Port Number to 22
  • Click Open

Logging In

If all has gone well, you will be presented with this screen:


  • Your Username is your FAN
  • Your Password is your FAN Password.

These are the same credentials you use to login to OKTA.

Successful Login

Upon a successful login, you should get a screen similar to this:


If so, you are now connected and ready to start using the HPC.

Windows SSH Keys

As with the Unix/Linux/MacOS system, you may also setup SSH Keys for password-less logins. Be sure to follow the specific instructions for your client, as they will differ.