How to get started with services?

This page gives you an overall description on what you need to do to get access to CSC services, and provides you with links to more detailed instructions in CSC Docs and in other service user guides.

Many of CSC's services are free-of-charge for academic research, education and training purposes in Finnish higher education institutions and in state research institutes (subsidized by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland). Read more about free-of-charge use cases.

If you're unsure whether or not your use falls within the free-of-charge use cases, please contact service desk: servicedesk@csc.fi. See also information about purchasing services or expert support.

Instructions

For using CSC services, you usually need a project and user accounts for every user. The process of setting them up consists of 5 steps.

Step 1. Create a user account


Step 2. Create or join a project


Step 3. Add service access for your project


Step 4. Apply for more resources/billing units, if needed

Many of the aforementioned services consume billing units (see table below). All new academic CSC projects are initially granted 10 000 billing units. For Rahti you may set the default billing project. Setting the default billing project does not affect Puhti, Mahti, Allas, cPouta, ePouta, IDA and Kaivos. IDA and Kaivos do not consume billing units; they have only a quota limitation for each project.


Step 5. Renew your password annually

  • Renew your CSC account password annually when requested to keep your projects and their service access active.
  • If you wish to end your project, it's access to a service or you want to change the project manager, please contact servicedesk@csc.fi.
  • Please check you project's member list periodically and update the members if needed.

 

Table about services

  Requires CSC account Requires project Uses billing units Uses service-
specific quota
Terms of Use Privacy policy
CSC's computing, cloud and storage services            
Puhti supercomputer yes yes yes yes [1], [2] [A]
Mahti supercomputer (coming spring 2020) yes yes yes yes [1], [2] [A]

Allas Object Storage

yes yes yes yes [1], [2] [A]
cPouta Community Cloud yes yes yes yes [1], [2], [3] [A]
ePouta Virtual Private Cloud yes yes yes yes [1], [2], [3] [A]
Rahti Container Cloud yes yes yes yes [1], [2], [4] [A]
Kvasi (coming spring 2020) yes TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Kaivos – relational database service

yes yes no yes [1], [2], [5] [A]
Notebooks – user-friendly web environment for data analytics not necessary* no no no [1] [A]
Chipster – user-friendly software for analyzing genomic high-throughput data not necessary* no no no [1] [A]
Mylly – user-friendly platform for language data analysis not necessary* no no no [1], [6] [A], [B]
Fairdata services for storing, sharing and publishing research data            
IDA Research Data Storage service yes yes no yes [1], [2], [7] [C]
Qvain/Qvain Light Metadata Tool, Metax API yes no no no [1] [C]
Management Service for the Digital Preservation Service for Research Data yes no no no [1], [8] [C]

*It is also possible to login by Haka/Virtu account.

Default quotas

  Resource User quota Project quota
CSC's computing, cloud and storage service      
Puhti Nodes* 100  
  Storage in Home* 10 GiB  
  Storage in ProjAppl   50 GiB
  Storage in Scratch   1 TiB
  Files in Home* 100 000  
  Files in ProjAppl   100 000
  Files in Scratch   1 000 000
Allas Storage   10 TiB
  Buckets per project   1 000
  Objects per bucket   500 000
  Object size   5 GiB
cPouta Instances   8
  Cores   8
  Memory   32 GiB
  Floating IPs   2
  Storage   1 TiB
ePouta Instances   8
  Cores   8
  Memory   32 GiB
  Floating IPs   2
  Storage   1 TiB
Rahti OpenShift projects 5  
  Pods**   20
  Virtual cores per pod**   2
  Virtual cores per container**   2
  Memory per pod**   8 GiB
Kaivos Storage   On request***
Fairdata services      
IDA Storage   On request****

*This quota is fixed and cannot be adjusted.
**On Rahti, quotas are set for OpenShift projects, which are different from CSC projects.
***Available per project, from 1 GiB to hundreds of GiB.
****Available per project, from 1 GiB to tens of TiB.


Academic use

Academic and educational use for higher education institutions and state research institutes is funded by Ministry of Education and Culture. Research focus should be academic research which results are published as thesis (pro graduate, licentiate and doctoral thesis) or articles in scientific publications.


Commercial use

If university is doing research with commercial enterprises or research institutes which results are not published, they should open a separate project for this type of research which will be invoiced according to commercial usage.