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Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. For more information on jupyter notebook, click here.

Jupyter on Cheaha

The cheaha cluster supports Jupyter notebooks for data analysis, but such jobs should be running using the SLURM job submission system to avoid overloading the head node. To run a Jupyter Notebook on cheaha, login to cheaha from your client machine and start an interactive job.

One important note is that cheaha only supports openssh, you should be able to use native ssh from Mac or Linux machines. Windows 10 supports openssh as well, but it is not enabled by default. On updated Windows 10 machines, a Developers Command Prompt (available via searching from the Start Menu) is able to run openssh via the ssh command similar to Mac and Linux users. Another option for Windows machines is the installation of Cygwin. Putty has been tested, but does not work reliably on cheaha for proxying connections.

srun --ntasks=1 --cpus-per-task=4 --mem-per-cpu=4096 --time=08:00:00 --partition=medium --job-name=JOB_NAME --pty /bin/bash
module load Anaconda3/5.2.0
jupyter notebook --no-browser --ip=$host

Additionally, if anticipating large IO data transfer adjust the run command to set a higher data rate limit as shown below:

jupyter notebook --no-browser --ip=$host --NotebookApp.iopub_data_rate_limit=1.0e10 

After running the jupyter notebook command the server should start running and provide you with a URL including a port # (typically but not always 8888) and a compute node on cheaha (for example C0047) that looks something like this:

    Copy/paste this URL into your browser when you connect for the first time,
    to login with a token:

Now, start up a new tab/terminal/window on your client machine, and relogin to cheaha, using

ssh -L 88XX:c00XX:88XX


  • c00XX is the compute node where you started the jupyter notebook, for example c0047
  • 88XX is the port that the notebook is running, for example 8888

Now access the link on your client machine browser locally using the link generated by jupyter notebook by substituting in localhost instead of c00XX. Make sure you have the correct port as well.


A Jupyter notebook should then open in your browser.