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Applying for an Account


Research Staff and Students

If the following are true:

  • You are a research staff member or student working for a Rice research faculty member
  • Your sponsoring faculty member has applied for a sponsor account
  • You have a valid Rice netID (i.e. you can log in successfully at

Then you should apply for a regular user account.

Research Faculty of Rice University

If the following are true:

  • You are a Rice research faculty member
  • You would like a cluster account for yourself  AND/OR you would like to sponsor members of your research group
  • You have a valid Rice netID (i.e. you can log in successfully at
  • You have read and agree to the Research Account Management Fee Schedule

Then you should apply for a research sponsor account.

(If you already have a sponsor account and are trying to find the login to approve requests or revoke accounts, it’s here)

Guest Accounts

External collaborators and guests who are not directly affiliated with Rice University will first need to visit the Guest system for their access to CRC resources and have their sponsor approve their account. Once the Guest process is completed and your netID is created, simply apply for a regular user account and choose your sponsor.

Please note if you were previously at Rice University and become a guest you should receive the same netID you had before. In the case that you do not get the same netID please notify us via the Help Desk immediately before applying for CRC resources.

Class Accounts

Faculty members teaching a course requiring class use of one or more of the shared clusters should submit a request through the help desk detailing the following:

  • Course short name (e.g. COMP101)
  • If the class is cross-listed
  • List of systems required for the class
  • Details of any node/partition reservations needed for the class
  • Any software not already present on the system that will be required for the class
  • When do the accounts need access
  • When do accounts need access terminated


  • Students in a class need not apply directly for class accounts. They will be created automatically when the instructor applies for the class account as above.
  • Students will receive emails from the account creation system once the accounts are ready.
  • Students when submitting jobs should prefix the name of the job with the class short name (e.g. COMP101)
  • Students should check any e-mail addresses submitted via job are correct