Hint: Use "CLEAR" in the subject line of help request.
CLEAR is a robust and dynamic Linux cluster with exciting features available to Rice students and faculty. The cluster is designed to offer a Linux environment available for teaching and courseware needs. For research needs, the Shared Research Computing Cluster is a more appropriate environment.
To access the CLEAR cluster interactively, you must have an SSH client. Simply use ssh.clear.rice.edu as the host name and log in with your Rice NetID and password. Your home directory will be the same as your desktop home provided from storage.rice.edu. If you are teaching a course, you will be given disk space on a separate filesytem local to the cluster. If you are taking a course, your instructor will tell you where your course filespace is located.
Course websites usually follow the convention http://www.clear.rice.edu/coursename, eg. http://www.clear.rice.edu/comp221
Here are some links to IT documentation that may be helpful as you try out CLEAR: