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HPC IT Helpdesk

Getting Help

Our helpdesk can be reached via email to Please read our guide on how to write good tickets first.

Please also use the handy figure below on general problem resolution.

But before contacting the helpdesk, try to get help in the HPC Talk BIH HPC user self-help forum!

Helpdesk Scope

Our helpdesk can support you in the following areas:

  • Problems/questions with connecting to the clusters.
  • Problems/questions with using the cluster scheduler or operating system.
  • Requests for the installation of common software.
  • Problems with running your software that works in other environments.

We will try our best to resolve these issues. Please note that all other questions can only be answered in a "best effort way".

Helpdesk Non-Scope

The following topics are out of scope for the BIH HPC Helpdesk:

  • Generic Linux or programming questions (try
  • Managing users, groups, and projects on the clusters (use
  • Generic help with Snakemake or other workflow engines (See Stackoverflow for getting help with Snakemake).
  • Help with bioinformatics or other scientific software. Please contact the authors/communities of these software for help (also known as "upstream").

We're happy to see if we can help when there is a concrete problem with the software, e.g.,

  • something that breaks from one week to another without you changing anything and you assume a change on the cluster, or
  • you need a generic dependency that you cannot install via conda or on your own. Please read the section Administration-Provided Software to learn about the kinds of software that we will install and the kinds that we will not.