Getting A Scinet Account

Any qualified researcher at a Canadian University is eligible to use SciNet’s Niagara supercomputer and related systems like HPSS and the P8 GPU test system, for free. Other resources, such as the SOSCIP GPU Cluster have limitations on who may be eligible (see soscip.org), but access to these system also follows the same process below.

To get access, one must first obtain an account with the Compute Canada Database. In general, the faculty member first applies, after which group members can request accounts. Note that accounts have default limits but those users with especially large resource requirements may apply for more resources in the annual national Resource Allocation Competition (RAC).

Here is a synopsis of the account application process:

First, the Faculty member (PI) follows these steps

  1. Go to the Compute Canada Database (CCDB) at https://ccdb.computecanada.ca
  2. Click on “Register”; agree to the Compute Canada policies and Terms of Use; then fill out and submit a Compute Canada account application.
  3. After a few days, the PI receives a Compute Canada account confirmation email with a Compute Canada Role Identifier (CCRI).
  4. The PI can now request access to Niagara by logging into the ccdb, going to the “Apply for a Consortium Account” item under the “My Account” menu, and clicking on the “Apply” button next to SciNet.
  5. This request is sent to SciNet; After a few days, the PI will be notified, by e-mail, when a local account on Niagara has been set up.

Next, the PI’s group members and collaborators can go through the same process:

  1. Go to the Compute Canada Database (CCDB) at https://ccdb.computecanada.ca
  2. Click on “Register”; agree to the Compute Canada policies and Terms of Use; then fill out and submit a Compute Canada account application. They should indicate on the application form in step 2 that they are a “Sponsored User”. They need to enter the PI’s Compute Canada Role Identifier (CCRI), which they should request from him/her.
  3. The PI will receive a request to approve the account application.
  4. After a few days, the user receives a Compute Canada account confirmation email.
  5. The user can now log into the CCDB, go to the “Apply for a Consortium Account” item under the “My Account” menu, and click on the “Apply” button next to SciNet.
  6. This request is sent to SciNet; After a few days, the user will be notified, by e-mail, when the local account has been set up.

The SciNet technical documentation wiki is a resource for how to use of your account once you have one.