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If you're a taught student(*), you can login remotely to a computer in the Informatics student labs.
This is where you can do your coursework, and it's also where you can run programs which need a lot of memory or processing power, or which take days to run.

(* Except for CDT students. Sorry! But since you're also research students, you can use various ⇒ computing clusters and ⇒ staff servers.)

Your lab computer

The name of your lab computer is your DICE username followed by
For example, if your username was s1234567 your lab computer would be

How to login

Login to your lab computer using ssh. For example,


You type this command into a terminal window in your Remote Desktop session.
Remember to use your own DICE username instead of s1234567!

For example

  1. Start a Remote Desktop session
  2. In that session, open a terminal window.
  3. In that window, type:

    but remember to replace your-DICE-username with your own DICE username.

  4. Then do your coursework in that terminal window. For example, to run MATLAB you would type:
    matlab &

    Putting & after your command runs it in the background, so that you can continue to use the terminal window.

    Please try to run coursework on your lab machine, instead of elsewhere in your session.

See also


If you have problems connecting to your machine, please contact Computing Support:

We will fix your problem as soon as we can but it is likely to require us to visit the labs so won't be done immediately. In the meantime, you can access a Remote Desktop session and then from there, you can access student.compute via ssh to run any computational jobs.

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