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Welcome, students!

Welcome to the Aalto! We are glad you are interested in scientific computing and data. This site may be useful to you, but are somewhat targeted to research usage. However, it can still serve as a good introduction to resources for scientific and data-intensive computing at Aalto if you are a student. This page is devoted to resources which are available to students.

If you are involved in a research group or doing researcher for a professor/group leader, you are a researcher! You should acquaint yourself with all information on this site, starting with :doc:`welcomeresearchers` and use whatever you need.

There are general IT instructions for students: FI SV EN. There is an introduction to IT services for students (FI) There are also research-focused instructions.


In general, your Aalto account is identical to that which researchers have --- the only difference is departmental affiliation.

Getting help

As a student, the ITS servicedesks are the first place to go for help. The site is the new central site for IT instructions. Previously, some public instructions were on (studies focused) and (staff focused) and finding information was a great challenge. Note that in 2018, all of these are being updated.

This site,, is intended for scientific computing support and might be useful to you.


As a student, you have access to various light computational resources.

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   Panikki computer lab | workstations, GPUs, software via modules
   Shell servers | via ssh, software via modules, overcrowded
   JupyterHub | basic software, in web browser

The Jupyter service at is available to everyone with an Aalto account. It provides at least basic Python and R software; we try to keep it up to date with the things people need most.

The shell servers brute and force are for light computing, and generally for students. You may find them useful, but can often be overloaded. :doc:`Learn how to launch Jupyter notebook on there <../aalto/remotejupyter>`.

For GPU computing, the Paniikki Linux computer lab has GPUs in all workstations. Software is available via module spider $name to search and module load $name to load. The instructions for :doc:`Aalto workstations <../aalto/linux>` apply there as well (mostly). Read the :doc:`Paniikki cheatsheet here <../aalto/paniikki>`. The software on these machines is managed by the Aalto-IT team. This is the place if you need to play with GPUs, deep learning, etc.

The use of :doc:`Triton <../triton/index>` is for research purposes and students can't get access unless you are affiliated with a research project or (in very rare cases), a course makes special arrangements.

Data storage

Aalto home directories have a 40GB quota, and this is suitable for small use. Note that files here are lost once you leave Aalto, so make sure you back up.

The IT Services for Research page contains some other cloud services which may be useful for data storage. Of the cloud services, note that everyone at Aalto can get an unlimted Google Drive account through the Aalto Google Apps service: instructions. Your Aalto Google account will expire once you are no longer affiliated, so your files here will be inaccessible.


ITS has a software and licenses (FI) page, and also a full list of licenses. There is also Various scientific software can be found for your own use via the Aalto software portals.

The Lmod (module) system provides more software on brute/force and in Paniikki. For example, to access a bunch of scientific Python software, you can do module load anaconda3. The :doc:`researcher-focused instructions are here </triton/tut/modules>`, but like many things on this site you may have to adapt to the student systems.

Other notes

It can be hard to find your way around Aalto, the official campus maps and directions are known for being confusing confusing. Try UsefulAaltoMap instead.

Do you have suggestions for this page? Please leave on issue on Github (make sure you have a good title that mentions the audience is students, so we can put the information in the right place). Better yet, send a pull request to us yourself.