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How to get an account on OSCER Computers

  1. Eligibility: To be eligible for an account on OSCER computers, you MUST be on an education or research project that has, as one of its Principal or Co-Principal Investigators, a faculty or staff member at an Oklahoma institution.
  2. Send e-mail to hneeman@ou.edu requesting an account (copied to the Oklahoma faculty or staff member who is providing your eligibility).
  3. In the e-mail, please provide the following information:
    1. your name;
    2. your e-mail address;
    3. your preferred username (we may argue if it's silly):
      1. 3 to 12 characters long,
      2. lower case letters and digits only,
      3. first character a lower case letter,
      4. last character a lower case letter or a digit,
      5. OU students, faculty and staff: we prefer to avoid using your OU4+4, because we don't use the OU4+4 user database for these accounts (we have a significant number of non-OU users, so we'd have to create many exception accounts for them);
    4. your preferred Unix shell (e.g., tcsh, bash — if you don't have a preference, we'll choose one for you);
    5. a group name, same rules as username (check with your advisor about whether your group already has a group name on OSCER resources);
    6. the name of your advisor, or of the Oklahoma faculty or staff member whose project you're on;
    7. the name you preferred to be called (for example, if your name is Elizabeth but you prefer to be called Liz);
    8. a four digit number to use as a code to authenticate that you are who you say you are;
    9. the phone number that you plan to contact us from to get your password.
    10. Are you an employee of, and/or a student at, one or more of the following?
      • A university/college (for example, University of East Centralville)?
      • A government agency (for example, Federal Administration Authority)?
      • A private company (for example, Happy Supercomputers Inc)?
      • A nonprofit/nongovernmental organization (for example, the Institute of Exciting Research)?
      If so, what is/are the name(s)?
    11. In the e-mail, please include the following statement, word for word:
      I certify that this account is for my own use, and that I won't share my password or otherwise allow another person to access or use my account, in accordance with University of Oklahoma policy and applicable Oklahoma and/or US federal law(s), regulations and/or policies.
    12. In the e-mail, please include the following statement, word for word:
      I certify that I will not upload any software to any OSCER resource that falls under US export controls.
  4. If your eligibility is approved, then an account request will be submitted for you, and you'll receive an e-mail when your account is created.
  5. Once you get your login and initial password, log in and either you will be asked to change your password, or, if it doesn't ask you to do so, then IMMEDIATELY do so on your own.



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