This page describes procedures to obtain new accounts in the Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) 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 ACF 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 adminstrators at the Advanced Computing Facility (administrators of at
  2. Your Sponsor under Affiliations. If you are signing up for ACF access under the auspices of the CRMDA, this should be the name of current CRMDA Director. The CRMDA is the right choice for your sponsor's department:

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. They have generously "paid it forward".

Students and faculty who are not in CLAS should seek to enroll for ACF access through their own school.  Barring that, CRMDA offers a fee-for-service account. 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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