Registering an account - Services for Research
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.
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
- Create a CSC account by logging in CSC's customer portal MyCSC with Haka or Virtu.
- If your home organization doesn't provide Haka or Virtu, please see how to contact us to register. This mostly applies to foreign collaborators of Finland-based research groups.
- You can use some of the services just with your CSC account, see table below.
Step 2. Create or join a project
- Create a CSC project in MyCSC to access Puhti, Mahti, Allas, cPouta, ePouta, Rahti, Kaivos and/or IDA. See if you are eligible to act as a project manager.
- If your work belongs to any of the free-of-charge use cases, select 'Academic' as the project type. If not, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. After you have a contract with CSC, select 'Commercial' and enter your contract number.
- As a project manager, you can invite other users as members to your project.
- If you wish to be joined to an existing project, please ask the project manager to invite you with your CSC user account name (see above).
Step 3. Add service access for your project
- Add services to your project in MyCSC. Only the project manager can add services.
- You can add access to Puhti, Mahti, Allas, cPouta and Rahti yourself.
- To access ePouta and Kaivos, please contact email@example.com. To access IDA, follow the online IDA application process.
- After you have added services to the project, the other project members are asked to approve the services before getting access to them.
- The service user guides instruct on how to access each service.
Step 4. Apply for more resources/billing units, if needed
Many of the aforementioned services consume billing units (see table below to check which services consume billing units). 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.
- Use the billing unit calculator to estimate the project's billing unit consumption.
- Submit a billing unit application in MyCSC, when more billing units are needed.
- Large computing resources are allocated by the CSC Resource Allocation Group. Read more about resource allocations.
- View the billing unit consumption in MyCSC.
- The use of many services is limited by quotas. Read more about quotas.
Step 5. Renew your password and extend your project annually
- Renew your CSC account password and extend your project annually when requested to keep your projects and their service access active. CSC Projects will automatically close when they reach their end date. The Project Manager can close the Project earlier in MyCSC. When the Project is closed, access to services is terminated and content in services is deleted.
- If you want to change the Project Manager, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please check you project's member list periodically and update the members if needed.
*It is also possible to login by Haka/Virtu account.
** Use of service requires Puhti access.
Weekly User Support Coffee sessions
Do you need help with CSC services for research, but writing the issue down feels too much? Join user support session every Wed at 14 (starting 7.9) and discuss with CSC experts from different fields.
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.
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.