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.

Getting an SCC Account and Managing it

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. There are also a couple of other more limited account options available. Once you have an account, you can view your usage, change your default project, and update contact information.

SCC Management Page

Every SCC user, Lead Project Investigator (LPI), IT/Administrative Contact, and Buy-in Computing or Storage owner or authorizer has a personalized SCC Management web site to manage information about their account, projects, and Buy-in resources.

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.

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.

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.

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