Getting help

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Submit a request

Use the service desk links below to submit help requests or to search by keyword to find to relevant documentation and knowledge base articles. Log in with your UCAR username and CIT password. If you do not have a CIT password, call CISL at 303-497-2400.

NCAR Research Computing service desk

Use NCAR Research Computing for help with Cheyenne, Casper, and related data-storage systems such as GLADE and Campaign Storage.

Staff Support service desk

The Staff Support portal is for CISL personnel and NCAR directorate staff who need workstation support, and by UCAR staff who need support for enterprise IT services operated by CISL. All staff members can get support with business applications and UCAR IT services through this portal.

Other NCAR/UCAR/UCP help desks

Log in to see a list of system administration support pages for individual labs, divisions, and programs.

Help Desk and Consulting

When you contact us, the Help Desk team responds or refers your request to the personnel best qualified to assist you. Support for emergencies is available 24x7. Routine help is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mountain time, Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Consultants are on duty 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain time, Monday through Friday.

We are closed to walk-in help and consulting requests until further notice in keeping with NCAR/UCAR policy regarding COVID-19. Consultants continue to respond to tickets submitted through the NCAR Research Computing portal and by phone at 303-497-2400. The consultants are also available for online meetings on request. Please work directly with the consultant on duty to schedule an online meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

Computing assistance

If you have a particularly difficult computing problem, CISL staff may need to re-create the situation to fully analyze it and develop a solution.

Take these steps to help us resolve such situations most efficiently:

  1. Prepare instructions that are sufficient to run the code on a system with the same architecture and system software as what you are using.
  2. Let us know if your code requires use of a third-party software library such as NetCDF.
  3. If the code is parallel, include information about the number of processors on which it runs and what must be done to change processor counts. For example, does the code require recompiling? What restrictions are there on processor counts?
  4. Provide sample output and describe how it is produced. Do you expect identical results if the code runs on a different number of processors? If not, what difference do you expect?
  5. Provide any other information that you think might be useful for analyzing and debugging the problem.

Data help

The Digital Asset Services Hub (DASH) provides guidance and training, search and discovery, and access services for open access digital assets from NCAR and UCAR Community Programs (UCP), including data sets, publications, software, and models.

The Research Data Archive (RDA) staff provides a number of services in support of data needs. Resources include search capabilities for finding data, tools to operate on a variety of data formats, and ancillary services to support unique user needs.


Please use this form to make suggestions for improving our user documentation or other support and services. We appreciate your feedback.