How do I get started using XSEDE?
To get started using computing, visualization, and storage resources, and advanced support services, on the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a researcher may apply for an XSEDE allocation or request to be added to an existing one:
- To apply for an allocation, see How do I apply for a new XSEDE allocation? For eligibility
requirements, see Who is eligible to apply for an XSEDE allocation?
- A principal investigator (PI), co-PI, or an Allocation Manager can add users to an existing allocation via the XSEDE User Portal; see For an active XSEDE allocation, how do I add or remove users?.
Once your allocation request is approved, your XSEDE-wide username and password will log you into all your XSEDE accounts from the GSI-SSH desktop client, the GSI-SSH terminal applet in the XSEDE User Portal, and command-line GSI-SSH on the Single Sign-On Login Hub. Alternatively, some Service Providers support access via SSH2 key pairs or local site passwords. For more, see What methods can I use to access XSEDE digital services? For help, contact the XSEDE Help Desk.
Note: If your allocation includes time on a resource at the National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS), you won't be able to access the resource using SSO until you activate your NICS account. Additionally, SSH access to NICS digital services requires the use of RSA One Time Password (OTP) tokens, which users receive in the mail after activating their accounts.
Note: If your allocation includes time on a resource at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), you won't be able to use SSO until you have activated your TACC account. TACC will email you a welcome message that includes a link to the TACC User Portal and instructions for activating your account.
If you prefer to use SSH to access your XSEDE services, you can use Single Sign-On (SSO) once via the XSEDE User Portal to install your public key on those services.
Alternatively, you can request a password from any Service Provider (SP) that allows site passwords.
This document was developed with support from National Science Foundation (NSF) grant OCI-1053575. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.
Last modified on March 29, 2013.