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This page is a resource for FUNC users.

Anyone new to the lab and using FUNC NEEDS to read the first section to have adequate working knowledge of the system.

Getting Started


The UCLA FUNC (FUnctional Neuroimaging Core) is a Computing Cluster dedicated to analysis and storage of neuroimaging data. FUNC is located on the 2nd floor of Franz Hall behind the undergrad computing lounge.


Getting an Account

To get an account you should contact Mark Strohm making sure you include your affiliation and the lab/group you are in, and cc-ing your mentor/supervisor. (Note that accounts on the FUNC are currently restricted to UCLA personnel and collaborators.)

Accessing the Cluster

How to get on the FUNC (once you have a username/password).

Using SSH
Using NX
Using VNC

Logging in Remotely

If you want to access the FUNc from outside the UCLa network you will likely have to install and use the BOL Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Once you are connected to the VPN you should be able to use the standard methods to connect to the FUNC (e.g., NX, VNC, or SSH).

Data Transfer

Getting data on the FUNC

Importing data from the Staglin CCN (dicomserver)
Importing data from the Brain Mapping Center (using setup_subject)
Mounting the FUNC



How to use MATLAB on the cluster. It is easier than you think. (Well, maybe...)


NeuroImaging (MR) Analysis Software Packages


Statistical Parametric Mapping



A collection of helpful GUI and programs for functional and structural MR analysis.

Official website


FSL is a comprehensive library of analysis tools for FMRI, MRI and DTI brain imaging data.


Official website

Full List of Software

Here you can find a list on what software is available on the FUNC (and sometimes some details on usage).



How about streamlining some of those tasks, or getting more things done.


Scripts and pipelines available on the FUNC


Helpful Resources

Working in a UNIX Environment

Never heard of a command line before? Vaguely know what "permissions" are and have no idea how to navigate a filesystem? This page is meant to take the scare out of the words "command line" so you can actually use Hoffman2, because no matter how many GUIs there are, command line is king.

Hoffman2:UNIX Tutorial