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: 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 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.


Step 5. Renew your password and extend your project annually


  

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 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]
Mahti supercomputer yes yes yes yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]

Allas Object Storage

yes yes yes yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]
cPouta Community Cloud yes yes yes yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager], [3User policy and terms of usage for the Pouta Services] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]
ePouta Virtual Private Cloud yes yes yes yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager], [3User policy and terms of usage for the Pouta Services] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]
Rahti Container Cloud yes yes yes yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager], [4User policy and terms of use for the Rahti container cloud service] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]

Kvasi – Quantum Learning Machine

yes yes** no no [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager] [A]

Kaivos – relational database service

yes yes** no yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]

SD Connect – simple user interface for storing and sharing encrypted sensitive data

yes yes yes yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager]*** [A CSC customer register privacy policy]

SD Desktop – private workspace to compute sensitive data

yes yes yes yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager]*** [A CSC customer register privacy policy]
Notebooks – user-friendly web environment for data analytics not necessary* no no no [1 general terms of use] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]
Chipster – user-friendly software for analyzing genomic high-throughput data not necessary* no no no [1 general terms of use] [A CSC customer register privacy policy]
Mylly – user-friendly platform for language data analysis not necessary* no no no [1 general terms of use], [6Terms of use for Mylly] [A CSC customer register privacy policy], [B Kielipankin käyttöehdot, tietosuojakäytänteet ja saavutettavuusseloste]
Fairdata IDA - Research Data Storage service yes yes no yes [1 general terms of use], [2prerequisites and Responsibilities for a Project Manager], [7Fairdata IDA – Research Data Storage Service Terms of Use] [C PAS-palveluiden, FAIRDATA-kokonaisuuden ja PAS-ratkaisun tietosuojaseloste]
Fairdata Qvain - Research Dataset Description Tool yes no no no [1 general terms of use] [C PAS-palveluiden, FAIRDATA-kokonaisuuden ja PAS-ratkaisun tietosuojaseloste]
Management Service for the Digital Preservation Service for Research Data yes no no no [1general terms of use], [8PAS palvelusopimus] [C PAS-palveluiden, FAIRDATA-kokonaisuuden ja PAS-ratkaisun tietosuojaseloste]

*It is also possible to login by Haka/Virtu account.
** Use of service requires Puhti access.
*** Use of service requires approving the DPA and filling in the Description of processing activities form in MyCSC.


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.