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Step 0 (faculty only) - Creating a CAC project on ECCO

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This page is for (Econ) faculty only, and only applies if you need to create a new Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) project on ECCO. For any other computer account creation issues, see the "Requesting an ECCO account"  page.

The procedures described here may change from time to time. This page is current as of Jan 22, 2014. For any questions, please contact Lars Vilhuber.

First step: Create a CAC project

In order to have a computer account on ECCO, all faculty members need to create a CAC project. This requires you, the faculty member, (and nobody else, this cannot be delegated) needs to go to the following website:

http://www.cac.cornell.edu/services/projects/project.aspx

  • In the project title, you should enter "ECCO research project" (ignore the 'no acronyms' part...)
  • In the project description, you should enter "ECCO research account".
  • You will need to provide a University account here as well - there will be NO charges to this account, but CAC's systems don't work without this.
  • Also enter the NetID of your departmental assistant who will fill in any further details.

Generally, if this is your first time with CAC, your project short name will be "(netid)_0001".

If you are teaching a class and wish to use ECCO for the class, we encourage you to create a SECOND (distinct) project. Most likely, this project will then get the project short name "(netid)_0002". Proceed as above, with the difference:

  • In the project title, you should enter "ECCO teaching project" (ignore the 'no acronyms' part...)
  • In the project description, you should enter "ECONxxxx class project" and maybe a short blurb about what the class does.
  • You will need to provide a University account here as well - there will be NO charges to this account, but CAC's systems don't work without this.

The advantages of using a separate project for your teaching are

  • At the end of the class, student accounts can be removed easily without affecting the RAs on your research project
  • Resources can be allocated differently to the students than for your RAs (generally, your RAs and you will have access to more powerful hardware, and more generous queue parameters than your students).

Second step: Payment

ECCO is financed by the Econ department and your contributions. Please contact us to know what this year's contribution will be. Note: you will be paying the Econ Department, not CAC.

Third step: Associating the CAC project with ECCO

Once the  CAC project has been authorized (may take a day or two), it needs to be associated with ECCO and a particular set of queues on ECCO. Please notify us as soon as you receive the confirmation that the account is active. Generally, you will have access to the "faculty" queue. Depending on the size of your contribution, you may also be associated with the "premium" queue.

Fourth step: Adding your project to the account selector page

Once you've let us know, we will also add the project to the account selection page, which is the URL you can provide to your RAs and/or your class.  This is not automatic, so you MUST let us know when we need to make that change.

Fifth step: Creating accounts

Now that you have a project, you should create computer accounts for yourself, and provide the account selection page URL to your RAs and students. Computer accounts, even for you as the "project PI" do not get automatically created - you have to explicitly add yourself to the project (and authorize yourself). Note that you can be a member of multiple projects, giving you access to different resources depending on the project.

After that, compute life goes on as usual - you can use the queues you have access to simply by being in the account you just created.