Depending on your needs, there are three steps for becoming a customer:
First, you will need to register as a CSC customer.
Next, if you want to use the computing and storage services, you need an project (step 2), and then you can add the services you need to it (step 3).
1. Register as CSC's Customer
If your home organization is a member of the Haka federation, you can register as a customer by signing in to the Scientist's User Interface (SUI) with your own Haka-ID. By registering you'll get access to CSC's application server (Taito-shell) with a limited quota for computing.
2. Opening a New CSC Project
You need to open an academic CSC Project to use computing services. Principal Investigator may apply for a new CSC Project with a web form. Principal Investigator can be a university professor, a research director of a polytechnic or a senior level researcher in a university or a polytechnic. Read more: Prerequisites for a Principal Investigator
Open a new CSC project and send invitations
- To apply for a new academic CSC Project please sign in to the Scientist's User Interface at Resources and Applications. (eService > Resources and Applications).
- On this site under Resources you'll find a title Projects. Underneath that you'll find a subtitle Academic CSC Project. When you click the Academic CSC Project title the project form will appear on the bottom of the page.
You will receive an email confirmation, which contains the project name and the code for your new CSC Project (e.g. ‘Modelling project', 2000040). The project members will receive invitations to join the project. The time frame for creation of a project may vary from a few minutes up to an hour.
Principal Investigator of a CSC Project using computing services has to be employed by a university or polytechnic which is financed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. If the requirements are not met, please contact CSC. More information on CSC's services for research institutions and companies.
3. Adding computing services
When the project has been established you may add computing services (Taito, Sisu) and cloud services (cPouta) to it. By default, all CSC projects are granted an initial quota of 10000 billing units for computing. Select the project, accept the terms and conditions, and send the form. Also the project members will receive requests to accept the terms and conditions if required.
Research institutions and companies can use CSC services for commercial research or other than academic purposes by entering into a customer agreement.
Academic and educational use for higher education institutions and 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.
If university is doing research with commercial enterprises or research institutes which results are not published, they should open a separate computing account for this type of research which will be invoiced according to commercial usage.