HPC Operating System

HPC uses a customized distribution of the Community Enterprise Operating System (CentOS), built using the publicly available source, RPM Package Manager (RPM), which is found on the USC mirror website and other mirrors around the world.  CentOS is a high-quality Linux distribution that gives HPC complete control of its open-source software packages and is fully customized to suit HPC research needs, without the need for license fees.

HPC’s distribution of CentOS was modified for minor bug fixes and desired localized behavior. Many desktop and clustering-related packages were also added to our CentOS installation.

Getting Help

A number of white papers, tutorials, FAQs and other documentation on CentOS can be found  on the official CentOS website.

If you have any general questions regarding the Linux distribution running on HPC, please send an email to hpc@usc.edu.