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Navigating to will take you to the OOD homepage:

Landing page for Open OnDemand.

You will find system-wide messages from admins at the top of the page (red outline). These will always include links to the Research Computing Office Hours on Zoom. This will also be the place to see information about ongoing maintenance.

In the middle of the page (green outline), you will see a Message of the Day containing the email address for support if you are having any issues with Cheaha. There are also links to our Acceptable Use Policy as well as links to our documentation.

Lastly, there is a table with a list of available Slurm partitions on Cheaha with their max runtime and number of compute nodes per job as well as their priority. Use this table to plan job requests based on your needed computational resources.


To access all of the features OOD has to offer, use the toolbar at the top of the page that looks like:

Toolbar for Open OnDemand.

In it, you will find options to:

  1. Directly access your files on Cheaha
  2. View currently running jobs
  3. Interface with Cheaha via a shell terminal
  4. Request interactive sessions

To use a shell terminal in Cheaha through OOD, click Clusters >> >_Cheaha Shell Access. You can use this exactly like a standard ssh tunnel.


Using the shell terminal in this way puts you on the login node. Do not run any compute tasks on the login node. Request a compute node first!

Last update: September 29, 2023