How Do I Get a FAS Research Computing Account?

Before You Sign Up

If you are unsure whether you qualify for an RC account, please see Qualifications and Affiliations.

Detailed information and steps for using the signup tool can be found here.

Please Note: You may have only one RC account. If you need to add cluster access or membership in a different/additional lab group, please submit a help ticket. Please do not sign up for a second account. This is unnecessary and against our account policies.

The Process

To request an account to access resources operated by Research Computing. (Cluster, Storage, Software Downloads, Workstation access, Instrument sign-up, etc.), please proceed to the

Account Request Tool. PLEASE NOTE: Do not select FACULTY as your job type is you do not have a faculty appointment. If you are a researcher with additional rights (fellowship, PI-like rights, funding, etc.), please select STAFF or POSTDOC. Faculty accounts are intended only for those holding an active Associate Professor or higher appointment.

  • If you would like to see more detailed instructions ans screenshots, please visit Cluster Account Signup
  • If you need more info on signing up for instrument access during or after your account signup, please see Instrument Sign-up
  • Please note that if you wish to be able to log into the cluster and/or run jobs, you will need to select Cluster Access during sign-up.

Once you’ve submitted the request, the process is:

Internal/Harvard Key

If You Selected: Internal/Using Harvard Key to verify your information and qualifications:

  1. The request is on hold while the PI is asked to approve or reject it.
  2. Once approved, the account is finalized and set up.
  3. Once finalized, you receive an automated email confirmation with your new account information and instructions for setting the password.

External/Non-Harvard Key

If You Selected: External/Not using Harvard Key to verify your information and qualifications:

  1. The request goes to RC personnel to check that it is complete and meets affiliation requirements.
  2. Once approved by RC, an email is sent to your PI to approve/reject the request.
  3. The request is on hold while the PI is asked to approve or reject it.
  4. Once approved by the PI, FASRC needs to vet and  finalize the account during business hours).
  5. Once finalized, you receive an automated email confirmation with your new account information and instructions for setting the password..

Once you’ve received your account creation confirmation email you can then proceed to set up your OpenAuth token and get connected to the FASRC cluster.

The turnaround time is directly related to the PI/Sponsor’s approval of the account. External accounts are reviewed by RC staff during business hours and generally vetted and sent on to the PI/Sponsor for approval within one business day

NOTE! If you request “Cluster Use” (the ability to run jobs on the cluster), you are required to complete the online Introduction to Cluster Computing course within 45 days of your account being issued.

Faculty and Non-Faculty PI Signup

To sign up as a PI sponsor on the cluster, the process is the same as above except that, by selecting a PI-type job title, you will not need to select a sponsor. Please note that your eligibility must be vetted by FASRC staff after you sign up, so please allow time for that.

  • FACULTY PI – If you are a Harvard Faculty member with an active and verifiable faculty appointment, select FACULTY for ‘job type’. Doing so will grey out the Sponsor option. You will instead be vetted by FASRC staff.
    Please do not use this option if you are faculty from another university, use EXTERNAL instead.
  • NON-FACULTY PI – If you are not  a faculty member but have been conferred PI rights by the university (Note: Being noted as a PI on a grant is not the same as university PI status), please use the NON-FACULTY PI job title. Doing so will grey out the Sponsor option. You will instead be vetted by FASRC staff.
    We may need to follow up with you or the university to verify your PI rights and control of budget.

Once complete, you can sponsor accounts under your FASRC lab group. For more information on that process, see the For Approvers section here.

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