BEAR Portal

The BEAR Portal is currently in active development. This means that it may be subject to operational changes.

The BEAR Portal provides web-based access to a range of BEAR services, such as JupyterLab, RStudio, and GUI applications. It also provides access for submitting BlueBEAR compute jobs. The BEAR Portal is only available on campus or using the University Remote Access Service.

Access to the BEAR Portal

There are two steps required in order to gain access to BlueBEAR and these also apply to the BEAR Portal:

  1. being registered on a BEAR project that has access to the BlueBEAR service;
  2. have an active BEAR Linux account.

Logging on to the BEAR Portal

The login uses the University Single Sign-On system. First go to the BEAR Portal in a web browser - we suggest you use a reasonably recent version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. From there you will be sent to the BEAR Auth page:


To proceed, select the "University of Birmingham" button which will pass you to the University's Single Sign-On page – login here as usual. Note that by proceeding you agree to Advanced Research Computing accessing the requested information, as detailed on the page. If you do not approve of this request for information then do not proceed.

Upon successful login you will be directed to the main BEAR Portal page.


Using BEAR Portal

There are several elements available through the BEAR Portal. Details on using them are documented on the following pages:

Problem Solving

  • If you cannot see the interactive apps menu in the Portal, please check that you have done both stages in the Access to the BEAR Portal section.
  • If you see the message "Open OnDemand is currently offline for maintenance" then please check access with a different web browser or try force refreshing the page in your web browser.


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