Accessing Files on Mercury

All users of the Mercury computing cluster are given file storage space in their home directory (100GB for faculty, 100GB for PhD students, 15GB for MBA students, and 14GB for staff). Your home directory is private and cannot be shared.

  • /home/<BoothID>: user’s private home directory
  • /project/<project-name>: network group share directory (renamed from /grpshares/)
  • /kilts/: data sets managed by Kilts Center
  • /common_data/: other common data sets

Command line utilities

A common way of transferring files to and from a remote cluster is to use the scp command.

# copy a file to a local dir; use the same name for the file
$ scp <BoothID>@mercury.chicagobooth.edu:<src_dir>/myfile.txt <dst_dir>/.

# copy a file to a local dir; use a different name for the file
$ scp <BoothID>@mercury.chicagobooth.edu:<src_dir>/myfile.txt <dst_dir>/renamed.txt

# copy a directory using the recursive flag (-r)
$ scp -r <BoothID>@mercury.chicagobooth.edu:<src_dir> <dst_dir>

sftp

Another common way of transferring files is via sftp. One software package that provides cross-platform support for sftp transfers is Filezilla. Filezilla is an easy to use sftp client with a graphical user interface. The split window shows your local machine’s directory tree on one side, and the remote files in the other. Filezilla’s GUI allows simple drag-and-drop for transferring files.

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Filezilla

A connection to Mercury can be established by simply entering the following fields and clicking the Quickconnect button.

Host:sftp://mercury.chicagobooth.edu
Username:<BoothID>
Password:<BoothPassword>

Mounting home directory on a Desktop

Users who are connected to the Chicago Booth network (either through a wired ethernet connection or through the Booth VPN) can access files on Mercury by mapping to their home directory. To map your home directory:

Windows

Note

If you are off campus or on a wireless connection, you must use Booth VPN to access files on Mercury.

  1. Right-click on the My Computer icon.
  2. Click on the Map Network Drive… link.
  3. Choose a free drive letter from the Drive: dropdown.
  4. Enter one of the following for the Folder field
PhD students:\\home.chicagobooth.edu\home\phd\<BoothID>
Faculty:\\home.chicagobooth.edu\home\fac\<BoothID>
Staff:\\home.chicagobooth.edu\home\staff\<BoothID>
Collaborator:\\home.chicagobooth.edu\home\collab\<BoothID>
  1. Uncheck the Reconnect at logon checkbox.
  2. Click on the Finish button.
  3. At the prompt, enter your Chicago Booth credentials as follows, GSB\<BoothID> and <Booth password>.

Your Booth home directory will now appear in My Computer under Network Drives.

Note

Project shares can similarly be mounted by using \\project.chicagobooth.edu\<project-name>

Mac

Note

If you are off campus or on a wireless connection, you must use Booth VPN to access files on Mercury.

  1. From the Finder menu, click on Go → Connect to Server…
  2. Enter one of the following for Server Address
PhD students:smb://home.chicagobooth.edu/home/phd/<BoothID>
Faculty:smb://home.chicagobooth.edu/home/fac/<BoothID>
Staff:smb://home.chicagobooth.edu/home/staff/<BoothID>
Collaborator:smb://home.chicagobooth.edu/home/collab/<BoothID>
  1. Click on the Connect button.
  2. Click on the Registered User radio button.
  3. Enter your Chicago BoothID and password
  4. Uncheck the Remember this password in my keychain checkbox.
  5. Click on the Connect button.

Your Booth home directory will now appear on your desktop.

Note

Project shares can similarly be mounted by using smb://project.chicagobooth.edu/<project-name>