Getting a login account

To login to an NSC resource, you need a login account. Please note that login accounts are created separately for each NSC resource. For example, you do not have a login account on Triolith just because you have one on Kappa.

For login accounts on dedicated SMHI resources such as Bi, please refer to SMHI access. The rest of this page does not apply in that situation.

To get a login account on a resource, you need to:

  • Become a member of a project
  • Accept the User Agreement
  • Request the login account

Each step is described in more detail below.

Become a member of a project

See the information about becoming a member of a project if you have not already taken care of that. The project needs to have time allocated (now or in the future) on the resource you want a login account for.

Accept the User Agreement

You need to accept the SNIC User Agreement. Once is enough; you do not have to do this again if you want further NSC accounts or accounts at other centres.

To take care of this, login to SUPR and use the "handle User Agreement" button on the top of the page. If you have already accepted the SNIC User Agreement, you will not see the "Handle User Agreement" button. You can check the status on the SUPR Personal Information page.

Depending on how you take care of the SNIC User Agreement, it may be approved automatically or it may require manual checking (for example if you choose to use the paper form). You will get an email from SUPR when it has been approved.

Request the login account

Finally, you need to request the login account, as we do not automatically create login accounts before we know that you are going to use it. In the future, this functionality will also be moved to SUPR, but for the moment it is done in NSC Express.

Note: You can request login accounts before the User Agreement is approved, but the request will not be handled until it is.

Login to NSC Express and use the "Accounts" function. You will see the login accounts you already have at NSC under the "Current Accounts" heading. Under the "Possible Accounts" heading you find the resources you can apply for login accounts on. Just use the "Request Account" button and confirm it one the next page.

Checking your request and creating your account requires manual work, so you might have to wait for some time (up to a working day). When the account has been created, you will receive an email to your registered email address (shown in your NSC Express contact information) with your username and preliminary password. Login using SSH within seven days to set a new, unique and good password.

It is better to use a long password, for example four random unrelated words and insert a number or special character somewhere, than to use a short or commonly used password or a password that a computer could guess.

For all means, write down your password on a piece of paper and store it in a secret place, for example your wallet.

Use unique passwords for all your accounts. If you choose the same password for all systems it is the same as using the same key to the house, the car and work. If a thief get access to one key he can access them all. Therefore do not use the same password to more than one account. It is maybe not neatly, but it is safer to choose many passwords.

Once you get your login account, check our support pages if you need help to get started.