Get Started

ACCESS is a large, distributed ecosystem. We want to make it easy for you to get started. If you’re new to ACCESS, learn more.

If you’re a researcher or educator ready to use advanced computing systems and services, follow these steps.

If you’d like to join the ACCESS community and become a reviewer, moderator, beta tester or committee member, start here.

If you represent an organization that would like to contribute cyberinfrastructure, software, or services to ACCESS, start here.

It’s easy to get started.


Create an account

To use ACCESS resources and manage your project, create an account.

Register for an ACCESS ID


See what resources are available

ACCESS Resource Providers from across the United States provide you free access to advanced computing systems and services.

Explore available resources


Prepare and request an allocation

With your ACCESS ID, apply for an allocation and receive credits to use a resource. EXPLORE ACCESS is a good place to start. Apply and get access in as little as 1–2 business days.

Prepare your request

What’s next?

Upon approval

You’ll receive an email notification once your project is approved and receive ACCESS credits to exchange for allocations on a specific resource or resources.

Managing your allocation

Run and track your project

ACCESS is “self-serve.” You connect directly to the resource you need and run the software necessary to complete your task.

For new users, ACCESS OnDemand is an easy-to-use web interface. Get remote access from any device. No client software installation required.

For those who need workflows/pipelines or cross site runs, Pegasus is an easy to use workflow management tool managed from within Jupyter Notebook.

Use ACCESS XDMoD to improve your job and allocation usage efficiency. Log in to XDMoD and click on the Job Viewer tab. Enter your job number and resource in the search box to see how efficiently your job is running.

Get support at every step

Sound complicated? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you every step of the way!

Knowledge Base

Support Ticketing System

Events and Training

Community Support and Affinity groups

Longer term support via the MatchPlus and Match Premier programs

Halfway through

Progress reports are required in order to receive the second half of your ACCESS credits. At this point you may request a one-time increase in credits and/or extension.

How to write a progress report

Upon completion

Upon completion a final report must be submitted summarizing the work and acknowledging ACCESS. Publications can be added using the My Publications tool.

How to write a final report