2. Get Access to Compute1#

Compute1 is the cluster we use for most of our computing work. Compute1 is located at WashU and is administered by Research Infrastructure Services (RIS).

If you need help getting set up on Compute1, or if you notice something on this page is out of date, please contact Yidan Tang.

2.1. Set up VPN access#

To access Compute1 from off-campus, you need to use a VPN. Instructions for accessing the WashU VPNs can be found here: https://it.wustl.edu/items/connect/. For help with the VPNs you should contact WashU IT.


WashU has several VPNs. Compute1 can be accessed from the following VPNs:

  • danforthvpn.wustl.edu (recommended)

  • msvpn.wusm.wustl.edu

2.2. Request Access#

To get access to Compute1 you need to submit the following form: Compute1 Service Desk > “Update an existing compute access group”. You can copy-paste the fields from below.


Request for access to Compute1


Please add to the “storage-rvmartin” and “compute-rvmartin” groups.

Storage Allocation


WUSTL Key List

<Your WUSTL Key>


Randall Martin


This request may take RIS several days to process.

2.3. Logging on to Compute1#

Once your access request is approved you can ssh into Compute1.


If you are on-campus you need to be on one of the following WiFi networks to access Compute1:

  • wustl-2.0

  • wustl-encrypted-2.0

If you are off-campus you need to be on one of the following VPNs to access Compute1:

  • danforthvpn.wustl.edu (recommended)

  • msvpn.wusm.wustl.edu

ssh into Compute1:

$ ssh wustlkey@compute1-client-1.ris.wustl.edu

A successful log in will look similar to this

You are connecting to RIS Compute services.
Membership in a compute-* AD group is required.

Users are responsible for acting in accordance with
policies applicable to Washington University St. Louis.

Last login: Fri Sep 11 16:47:45 2020 from workstation.dhcp.wustl.edu
[wustlkey@compute1-client-1 ~]$

If you get an error Open a Ticket with RIS. They will be able to fix whatever problem is preventing you from logging on.

Once you can log on, you are ready to use Compute1!