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In order to utilize the services provided by CHPC, you need to have for an account with us. This is a fairly simple process. All CHPC accounts are either for University of Utah faculty or Utah State faculty, or are sponsored by University of Utah faculty, Utah State faculty or CHPC.

Getting an account

  1. Make sure you have an active uNID
    You must be provisioned at the University of Utah campus level with a valid, activeuNID in order to be provisioned at CHPC.
    • If you are Utah State faculty and head of your research group, you will need to send a request to asking to have a uNID created for you. Please include the information on the top section of this  mockup of the affiliate request form.  Note that you MUST use the correct Date of Birth as this information is used to verify identity of the affiliates (as the social security number is not required). If false birthdates are used, the application will be rejected.
    • If you have already been setup as a Utah State CHPC PI, you may request uNIDS for your group by filling out the form and make sure to select 10017 - visiting scholar in order to be correctly provisioned to access CHPC systems. See the mockup of the affiliate request form for more information.
    • If you are not a University of Utah or Utah State faculty staff or student, but are collaborating with others at the University, you will need to request that the faculty member sponsoring your account fill out this form: Make sure to have them select 10017 - visiting scholar in order to be correctly provisioned to access CHPC systems. By default the uNID is good for 1 year, but you can change the end date such that the Unid is good for 3 years. Here is a mockup of the form with some comments.
    • When the uNID is created,the person making the request will receive an e-mail message. This should be sent along to the person whose unid it is, so that they can change the uNID password as instructed in the e-mail. Also as instructed,  wait overnight to allow for provisioning of all necessary new account components in the University Information Technology systems. Then proceed to the next step, CHPC account application below.
  2. Complete the CHPC account application (fill out the form here)
    You will be asked to sign in at the campus level. If you are faculty and wish to become a CHPC PI, you will need to select "I am a New PI (Faculty Only)" on the faculty advisor drop down. If you are a student, staff, post-doc, or an affiliate of the University, and your sponsor is listed in the drop down, you can proceed by selecting that PI. If your PI is not listed, you will need to request that he/she be set up as a CHPC PI by selecting "Not Listed (Invite PI to set up account)"; this will send the PI a message requesting that he/she complete the CHPC account creation process.  If you are a PI requesting an account for a user, the user will receive an email asking for validation of his/her email address.
  3. Approval
    If you are a new PI, a senior staff member at CHPC will review and approve your account. We like to sit down and discuss your particular research use case to make sure you can get the most out of your experience at CHPC. 
    If your account is to be sponsored by a PI, an email will be sent to the PI asking for approval. After the PI approves, CHPC will provision your account. An email will be sent to you with details. 

What getting an account means

Every account provisioned at CHPC will get the following:

  • Login (command line) access to all currently supported clusters. 
  • Access to the cognizant PI's allocation (to run jobs at priority).
  • A home directory with a default quota of 50G. This is not backed up unless your PI has purchased home directory space. If that is the case, then the quota policies are set by the PI working with CHPC.
  • Subscription to CHPC-managed email lists. All accounts will be subscribed to the list, where we post outages, news, and other information pertinent to the research computing community on campus.
  • Access to the CHPC issue tracking system (service-now).

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Last Updated: 9/27/18