Guide to Research Computing at the SSCC


Russell Dimond


August 11, 2022

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This web book is your guide to the research computing resources of the Social Science Computing Cooperative at UW-Madison. It will help you identify the tools you need to do the kind of research computing you do, and show you how to use them.

The most important thing to know about this book is you don’t have to read all of it! The Computing Resources chapter will introduce the available computing resources and help you decide which ones you’ll use. It will then tell you what you should read in order to learn how to use those resources. The Program Information chapter has information about running the most popular programs at the SSCC, but you only need to read about the programs you use. We’ve collected all this information in a single web book so it’s readily available and easy to find, but read it like an encyclopedia, not a novel.

This guide is still a work in progress. Feedback, especially information you needed but couldn’t find or instructions you couldn’t follow, is very welcome. Send it to