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FarmShare is Stanford’s community computing environment. It is primarily intended for use in coursework and unsponsored research (note that some software tools, like ANSYS, are only licensed for use on Farmshare for academic course use, not research); users participating in sponsored or departmental research should investigate the Sherlock service or other, local alternatives, instead. FarmShare is not approved for use with high-risk data, including protected health information and personally identifiable information, and is subject to University policies on acceptable use.

For a description of the current environment, see FarmShare 2. More information can be found in the service documentation.


Recent Messages on farmshare-discuss

    System Status

    FarmShare is operational. There is a scheduler issue that prevents the reliable submission of large (greater than about 16 threads), single-node jobs. The vendor has provided a fix, but it cannot be deployed until the next scheduled maintenance window; if you have trouble submitting a large job, try limiting your request to at most 16 threads (-n 16 or -c 16).

    The next downtime for scheduled maintenance is 8:00 AM Wednesday, June 20–5:00 PM Thursday, June 21.

    Special downtime is planned for Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 1–Monday, September 3, to accommodate a shutdown of the Stanford Research Computing Facility (SRCF), where FarmShare systems are located, for necessary power systems maintenance. During this period all FarmShare systems will be down; you will not be able to login, submit jobs, or access files in your FarmShare home directory.

    Getting Started

    Any person with a full-service SUNet ID can access FarmShare.


    Do not connect to While there is such a system, it is not part of the FarmShare service.

    Log into Authentication is by SUNet ID and password (or GSSAPI), and two-step authentication is required.


    SSH host keys and fingerprints are available for verification.

    For light-duty, interactive work (e.g., e-mail, web browsing and development, file editing, and AFS access or file transfers), log into, instead.


    cardinal systems should not be used for long-running or compute- and/or memory-intensive work.

    For more information, see Getting Connected and Advanced Connection Options.

    User Guide

    The User Guide has information regarding storage, file-transfer, and cluster configuration. See the FAQ for common issues, and tips and tricks.


    SRCC staff can be reached by e-mail at: When reporting a problem, please let us know that you're running on FarmShare and report any relevant details, including the full text of any error message you're receiving, and the job ID and contents of your batch script (if applicable).

    Course Instructors

    If you are a course instructor using FarmShare for classwork and have any special requests or requirements please contact SRCC at least 30 days before the start of the academic quarter in which the class will be held. We try to accommodate reasonable requests but staff time is limited.

    Discussion List

    Subscribe to the community discussion list, farmshare-discuss, post questions and concerns to:, or browse the archives.

    Office Hours

    SRCC participates in SMACC office hours, held weekly in the basement of Huang Engineering Center, near the ICME offices.

    Office hours for Spring Quarter are Fridays, 1–3 PM. SMACC office hours are not held during the Summer Quarter, or during inter-quarter periods.

    SSDS Consulting

    The SSDS group supports statistical software, including R, Stata, and SAS. They are located in the Velma Denning Room in the Bing Wing of Green Library and hold office hours Monday–Thursday, 2–5 PM, starting in the second week of each quarter and ending the last week of classes. SRCC staff are present on the third Tuesday of each month, from 2–4 PM. SSDS office hours are not held during the Summer Quarter.


    A variety of useful software, including some popular commercial software, is provided as part of the FarmShare environment. If something is missing, or a particular application, library, or utility needs updating, please let us know. We try to accommodate reasonable requests but staff time is limited.

    For more information, see Software.

    Packaged Software

    FarmShare systems run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and most software is sourced from standard repositories.

    Modules and Licensed Software

    Some software, including all licensed software, is built and/or installed manually and organized using the Lmod environment module system.

    module help
    module avail
    module load

    User-installed Software

    New or updated software can often be built and/or installed by users in their own home directories, and local package managers like Linuxbrew and Spack can help. Local package managers are also available for many programming languages (e.g., pip, virtualenv, and Conda for Python, local::lib and Perlbrew for Perl, and Luarocks for Lua), and some of these provide tools for managing entire local programming environments.


    Singularity containers are supported, but bootstrapping an image requires root access, so you'll need to create your containers elsewhere and copy them to FarmShare to run.

    Personal tools