This page describes procedures to obtain new accounts in the KU Community Cluster under the auspices of the CRMDA.  For information about how to log in, please visit the Remote Computing page. That page will explain that Secure Shell programs are required and that off-campus access will require a Virtual Private Neighborhood (VPN).

How to Sign Up For a New Account

Students, faculty, and staff in the College of Liberal Arts are allowed to obtain free Community Cluster access by registering with CRMDA.  Please request an account here: When you fill out that form, there are two especially important elements.

  1. My Academic Department under Personal heading. That's your major degree department. It must be an academic department, center, or school within CLAS. There is a pull-down menu that looks like this, supposing you are in the Department of Economics:

    If your department isn't an option, please email the administrators at the Center for Research Computing to let them know that a department needs to be added to their list. Once they make an update, then you will be able to apply for an account.
  2. Choose CRMDA as your "Owner Group" under Affiliations

    As you might guess, the "Research Group or Project" and "Research Description" fields are not required.


What Does it Cost to Get an Account?

If you are faculty or staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, accounts are free.  At the current time, there is a cooperative arrangement between the CLAS and the School of Education.  Graduate students in the School of Education can obtain accounts in the cluster if they designate the CRMDA as the "Owner Group".  This will usually require a 2 step process. First, contact the CRMDA director (phone 864-3353 or email <>) to give them your name, departmental affiliation, and your login name.  This is necessary because we will generally deny requests for accounts from students who are not in CLAS.  After you tell us your information, then we will know you are intending to create an account.  Then apply on the site described above.

For other students and faculty, access should be obtained through your School or College.  The CRMDA does have the ability to create fee-for-service accounts, but this is expensive.  The account access fee is $18 per core per user per month.  Access to 1 core includes 6 GB of random access memory (RAM) and 5 GB of disk storage. Users who need access to more RAM can purchase access to more cores.  Users who need more disk storage can be accommodated.

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