Getting A Scinet Account

To use SciNet’s computational resources, any qualified researcher at a Canadian University is eligible for a free account on the SciNet systems. To apply for a SciNet account, one must first register 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 Acceptable Usage Policy; 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 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.
  5. This request is sent to SciNet; After a few days, the PI will be notified, by e-mail, when the account 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 Acceptable Usage Policy; 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 account has been set up.

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