Welcome, students!

Welcome to the Aalto! We are glad you are interested in scientific computing and data. These pages may be useful to you, but are somewhat targeted to research usage. However, these pages can still serve as a good introduction to resources for scientific and data-intensive computing at Aalto if you are a student.

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 Welcome, researchers! 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 https://it.aalto.fi is the new central site for IT instructions. Previously, some public instructions were on https://into.aalto.fi (studies focused) and https://inside.aalto.fi (staff focused) and finding information was a great challenge. Note that in 2018, all of these are being updated.

This site, http://scicomp.aalto.fi, is intended for scientific computing support and might be useful to you.


TODO: Aalto workstations and default scientific software.

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

For GPU computing, the Paniikki Linux computer lab has GPUs in all workstations and various software. The instructions for Aalto workstations apply there as well (mostly). Read the Paniikki cheatsheet here. 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 Triton is primarily for research purposes. Some very advanced courses may use this, but it generally only available for research purposes. Please ask your instructor first, before asking us.

Data storage

Aalto home directories have a 20GB 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.


ITS has a software and licenses (FI) page, and also a full list of licenses. There is also http://download.aalto.fi/. 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 researcher-focused instructions are here, 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.

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