Registering an account

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 in Finnish higher education institutions and in state research institutes. Read more about free-of-charge use.

If you're unsure whether or not your use falls within the free-of-charge use, please contact CSC Service desk: See also information about purchasing services or expert support.


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. 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
  • Please check you project's member list periodically and update the members if needed.


Table about services

CSC's computing, cloud and storage services Requires CSC account Requires project Uses billing units Uses service-
specific quota
Terms of Use Privacy policy
Puhti supercomputer yes yes yes yes [1], [2] [A]
Mahti supercomputer 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 – Quantum Learning Machine

yes yes** no no [1], [2] [A]

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 IDA - Research Data Storage service yes yes no yes [1], [2], [7] [C]
Fairdata Qvain - Research Dataset Description Tool 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.
** Use of service requires Puhti access.

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.