DIAG has several ways in which users can interact with it in order to gain access to a best-in-class academic computing grid. Among these are “cloud” type resources, provided by the Nimbus framework; Ergatis, for building pipelines and workflows and executing them via a simple yet powerful web interface.
However, researchers frequently need a simple way to experiment with their code and data before scaling them up for use on large scale systems. Many scientists find having an easy and direct way of opening a shell with a simple login prompt to be an invaluable way to prototype and test their code. DIAG provides just such a mechanism. If you are interested in having “shell” access to DIAG computing infrastructure, be sure to add it to your selected access methods when you register for an account.