New Procedure for Accessing CARC Systems

After we completed maintenance on Monday, June 13th at 8:00 AM PST, CARC login servers are now only accessible through the USC network, either via a direct connection from the campus network or a USC VPN (,, or Going forward, any users attempting to log in to CARC’s discovery 1&2, endeavour 1&2, or OnDemand from off-campus will be required to connect to a VPN using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client first.

At this time, hpc-transfer 1&2 will remain unchanged. Users will not be required to connect to USC’s network before accessing this server.

Although this presents a big change in how users interact with CARC systems, this update has several benefits and will enhance the user experience overall.

Connecting through the USC network provides better security and eliminates the need to use Duo Two-Factor Authentication to access CARC systems since the authentication process has already been completed during the network connection. It also means that users can access the internet from the terminal.

Instructions for setting up a VPN connection on Windows and Mac OS can be found here. A guide for setting up a VPN connection on Linux can be found in our Connecting to a USC VPN on Linux user guide.