How to Run an Application from the UCLA Grid Portal

Note: UCLA Grid Portal will be taken down in near future.

To run an application from the UCLA Grid Portal login with your grid username and grid passphrase. To start an interactive application, your browser must be Java-enabled and set to allow pop-up windows. Interactive sessions are limited to 24 hours. The Grid Virtual Desktop and some batch applications also require your browser to allow pop-up windows.

Batch Jobs

To run an application as a batch job:

  • Click the Job Services tab.
  • Click Applications.
  • Click the name of the application that you want to use.
  • Fill out the form with your input file name(s) and optional information.
  • Click the Submit Job button.

You can run your own code, or run other applications, from the Job Services-Generic Jobs tab or the Job Services-Multi-Jobs tab.

Find your output under the Job Services-Job Status tab.

Interactive GUI Applications

To run an interactive application that has a graphical user interface:

  • Click the Interactive tab.
  • Click the name of an application.

A pop-up window will appear with the application’s GUI inside of it.

Interactive Command Line

To run your own code, or run other interactive applications or commands:

  • Click the Interactive tab
  • Click Xterm VNC

An interactive window will open and display a shell prompt. At the shell prompt, enter the commands needed to start up the program and any appropriate options. For example:

module load appname

You can start other GUI applications from the shell prompt.

Grid Data Manager and Virtual Desktop

The Grid Data Manager is one of the applications in the Grid Virtual Desktop. You can use it to edit job input text files and upload data files or source code.

  • Click the Data Manager tab.
  • Click the Click here to open Grid Virtual Desktop link at the bottom of that page.


  • Standard File Manager functions such as create, delete, and rename
  • Upload/Download
  • Compress/Decompress
  • Change file permissions
  • Data visualization
  • Drag and drop interface
  • Integrated environment for editing
  • Trash Bin file deletion
  • Side-by-side interface to transfer files between two clusters

Wiki Documentation

Information and demos are available at UGP (UCLA Grid Portal Software) and the UC Grid

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