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.
Faculty members may create and maintain as many Projects as they need in order to conveniently manage their research activities. This can include creating a separate project to support the work of one or more graduate students, even if that work is different from the faculty member’s own research.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Managing Buy-in Computing & Storage Resources
Those participating in the Research Computing Buy-in Program, through purchasing either Computing or Storage resources, can set the policies that govern the usage of their Computing nodes and allocate their purchased Storage space to whatever Research Computing Projects they wish.
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.
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