View Stash data using the web

Stash allows you to access files using your web browser. In order to do this, you'll need to put your file in ~/publicor ~/data/public (the two locations point to the same directory). Any file or directory that is placed here will be made available in the Stash webserver. Let's make a file available using the Stash webserver:

$ cd ~/public
$ echo "This is served over the web" > web-file

Now go to in your browser. You should see the file in the listing. Clicking on the file should give you the contents.

Using data on Stash in compute jobs

Let us do an example calculation to understand the use of Stash and how we download the data from the web. We will peform a molecular dynamics simulation of a small protein in implicit water. To get the necessary files, we use the tutorial command on OSG Connect.

Log in to OSG Connect:

$ ssh


$ tutorial stash-namd
$ cd ~/tutorial-stash-namd

Aside: NAMD is a widely used molecular dynamics simulation program. It lets users specify a molecule in some initial state and then observe its time evolution subject to forces. Essentially, it lets you go from a specifed molecular structure to a simulation of its behavior in a particular environment. It has been used to study polio eradication, similations of graphene, and studies of biofuels.

You should see the following files in the directory:

$ ls
namd_stash_run.submit #HTCondor job submission script file. #Job execution script file.
ubq_gbis_eq.conf #Input configuration for NAMD.
ubq.pdb #Input pdb file for NAMD.
ubq.psf #Input file for NAMD.
par_all27_prot_lipid.inp #Parameter file for NAMD.

The file par_all27_prot_lipid.inp is the parameter file and is required for the NAMD simulations. The parameter file is common data file for the NAMD simulations.

mv par_all27_prot_lipid.inp ~/public/.

You can view the parameter file using your web browser by going to

Now we want the parameter file available on the execution (worker) machine when the simulation starts to run. As mentioned earlier, the data on the Stash is available to the execution machines. This means the execution machine can transfer the data from Stash as a part of the job execution. So we have to script this in the job execution script.

You can see that the job script has the following lines:

$ cat
source /cvmfs/ 
module load namd/2.9  
namd2 ubq_gbis_eq.conf

In the above script, you will have to insert your username in URL address. The parameter file located on Stash is downloaded using the #wget# utility.

Now we submit the NAMD job:

$ condor_submit namd_stash_run.submit

Once the job completes, you will see a non-empty job.out.0 file, the standard output (stdout) from the job.

$ tail job.out.0

WallClock: 6.084453  CPUTime: 6.084453  Memory: 53.500000 MB
Program finished.

The above lines indicate the NAMD simulation was successful.

Key Points

  • [x] Your Stash data is located at ~/stash and ~/public on
  • [x] Data on Stash can be accessed by jobs running on compute nodes in the OSG.

Getting Help

For assistance or questions, please email the OSG User Support team at or visit the help desk and community forums.


This page was updated on Nov 11, 2019 at 23:00 from tutorials/tutorial-stash-namd/