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Computer Science Computing Information

These pages have information on the computing services and resources provided by the UVA Computer Science Department. There are also answers to the most common issues you may experience.

When you start at UVA, you get a userid (something like “abc1de”), which you use to access general UVA sites like Collab or Netbadge systems. When you get a CS Dept. account, you will have an identical userid (“abc1de”), but a different password than the one you use for general UVA systems. When the CS account is created for you, you are sent an email with a temporary password that needs to be changed upon first login. See Account Information below.

Reset your Computer Science Department account password: Use the Password Reset Tool Note: new account users cannot use this reset tool until they change their temporary password. See Account Information below.

Most common Linux software is already available on our systems! There is no need to install it. See Software Modules for more information.

News and Updates

Computing Support Center personnel will resume in-person support starting August 2nd, 2021. One or more staff will be in Rice Hall each day of the work week during regular business hours for in-person support of your computing needs. This includes desktop, printer, and server support, as well as laptop loaner and other support.

CS Firewall We are blocking SSH connection attempts from outside of the UVA network, with one exception. You are not able to SSH directly into CS hosts from outside of UVA, except for connections to, from which you can ssh to other CS servers. See here for more information. (Side note… this change effectively blocks 1.2 million intrusion attempts per day).

Account Information

Welcome! Your account for the Computer Science network has been created, and you have been emailed the account information.

This account is for logging into servers and desktops within the CS Dept. It is NOT for CS websites or general UVA systems like Collab or other general UVA systems. Even though your user id is the same as your NetBadge user id used for UVA systems, your CS account password is only for CS Dept. servers and desktop systems.

You have been issued a temporary password, so the first time you log in you will be asked to set a new password. The easiest way to change your temporary password is to open a “terminal” window on your laptop or desktop, and use ssh to, for example “ssh”. You will then be asked for a new password, which you should set to a password you typically use. You will then use this password to login to all CS network systems. See Linux SSH Access for more information.

Note: if you want to use a Linux remote desktop, (see: NX Linux Remote Desktop Sessions) you should FIRST login to portal to change your temporary password. The Linux remote desktop system will not let you login with that temporary password.

If you set your CS password, then forget it, you can reset it below.

Upon separation from UVA CS, your account will be closed one month after that separation, and your home directory will be removed. No backup will be provided, so it is important for you to save any files you wish to take with you onto other storage.

Regular accounts vs. mysql accounts

Please view this video for important information about mysql accounts. One thing not mentioned in the video is that your regular account and your mysql account are two different accounts with two different initial passwords, keep that in mind!

Using the CS Dept computing environment

The CS Dept provides extensive computing resources. The entry point these resources is the portal cluster, a load balanced cluster of systems providing general purpose computing. From portal, other servers are available that have GPU accelerators, large memory sizes, and large core counts.

Computing Resources

Using Linux computers

Using Windows computers

General Resources


General Information

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