How do I get an account?

Currently the best way to get an account is to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request one!

What is Cheaha?

Cheaha is a campus resource dedicated to enhancing research computing productivity at UAB. Cheaha is managed by UAB Information Technology's Research Computing group (UAB ITRC) and is available to members of the UAB community in need of increased computational capacity. Cheaha supports high-performance computing (HPC) and high throughput computing (HTC) paradigms.

Can my external collaborator get an account?

Yes, please follow these instructions to get an account for your external collaborator.

How do I log into the Cheaha cluster?

Go to rc.uab.edu in your web browser (Chrome works best) and login.

How much storage do I get with my Cheaha account?

Every user gets 3 storage locations:

  • HOME : 20GB , mostly useful for scripts.
  • DATA_USER: 5TB. , for raw data.
  • DATA_SCRATCH: 500 TB, shared space, only to be used during analysis.

I'm new to HPC, how do I best proceed after getting an account on Cheaha?

Please go through these 2 pages, to get a general idea about running your workflows on cheaha:

I'm submitting a grant. What is an accurate description of UAB high performance computing resources?

Check out the Grants & Publications section on the research computing resources page. Here you can find both a short and long description of HPC resources at UAB for grant and article submissions. If you need a letter of support, contact Laura Dabbs in UAB IT Research Computing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 996-4300. We are here to help!