Accessing the SCC for Research

People using the Shared Computing Cluster (SCC) must be a member of a Research Computing Project. BU faculty may create a Research Computing Project, serve as the Lead Project Investigator, and add their collaborators (students, researchers outside of BU, etc.) to their project.

Managing your Project

All of the projects and accounts on the SCC are managed by a web-based system where the Lead Project Investigator (or their optional IT/Administrative Contact) submits web forms to create new projects, add users to existing projects, request resources, monitor usage, etc.

Descriptions of project maintenance, resource request, and monitoring policies and forms are available.

Getting an Account

If you are interested in using the SCC, you either need to be added to an existing project or apply (or have a faculty member you are working with apply) to create a new project. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in using the facilities, but not yet associated with a Research Computing Project, may contact help@scc.bu.edu to inquire about a start-up account with access to the batch nodes, a small CPU allocation, and limited time duration. Once you have an account, you can view your usage, change your default project, and update contact information.

Accessing scc-lite.bu.edu, the general purpose Linux Virtual Lab for the BU community

With a Linux Virtual Lab account, you can access most of the software on the SCC, but cannot access the batch nodes or additional disk space. Quotas are limited to 10 GB. You may keep your account as long as you are a student or faculty member at BU. If you are already on a RCS Research Project on the SCC, being added to the Linux Virtual Lab project will not augment the resources you already have access to.

Usage Policies

Your usage of the SCC and Linux Virtual Lab must abide by the BU Ethics Policy and the BU Information Security Policy and Guides.

Send questions and comments to scfacct@bu.edu.