Center for High-Performance Computing and Communications

Applying for an HPCC Account

An HPCC account is required to access HPCC resources. These accounts are available to USC faculty, research staff, and graduate students with the approval of their faculty advisor. You may request more than one project account if you are working on multiple projects that require HPCC resources. All users associated with a project’s HPCC account share the resources allocated to that account.

When requesting an allocation of HPCC resources, you should explain the nature of your research from a computational perspective, detail the experience of researchers doing similar work using machines similar to HPCC, and describe how computing resources will be used in your research.

Applications for accounts are reviewed by HPCC management and processed within two weeks. All applications are evaluated on the basis of their technical merit and accomplishments. The HPCC allocation committee, a subcommittee of the HPCC faculty advisory council, reviews applications for large allocation proposals. These reviews are based on your justification of computational needs and a demonstration of effective use of the HPCC computing resources.

NOTE: HPCC is not HIPAA compliant.

Account Application

In order to apply for a new account, please go to www-rcf.usc.edu/rcfdocs/hpcc/allocations and complete the account application.

This web page must be accessed from a USC IP address. If you are attempting to connect to this page from a non-USC Internet comnection, you will need to use the USC Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect to this page. For information on accessing the USC VPN, see the VPN Overview page on the ITS website.

Applications Guidelines

The HPCC account application page is used both for new account applications and to request the allocation of additional HPCC resources for existing HPCC accounts.

Please note the following items:

  1. In order to access the account application form, the primary investigator (PI) will be required to log in with his or her USC username and password.
  2. Only one PI information record is necessary for each HPCC account.
  3. Java and JavaScript must be enabled in your browser in order to successfully access the application.

Getting Help

For answers to frequently asked questions regarding HPCC accounts such as “How do I log in to the HPCC cluster?”, “What is my disk quota?”, “How do I reset my password?”, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please send an email to hpcc@usc.edu.