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Obtaining an HPCC account

Every user needs to have an account to use the HPCC. Below, we provide directions for different situations.

Current MSU-affiliated employees

HPCC accounts are free for all MSU researchers. To obtain an account, a Principal Investigator (PI) needs to complete an online New Account Request Form for themselves and their personnel (staff, students, staff, post-docs) who have an existing MSU NetID. Information needed includes:

  • a list of the names and MSU NetIDs of personnel requiring HPCC accounts
  • a statement on whether or not export controlled software or data will be used
  • an abstract describing your research

By applying for an HPCC account, the PI agrees that all group members will abide by MSU's Acceptable Use Policy.

If you are going to attend an ICER workshop, you may get a temporary HPCC account. Please contact ICER for further instruction.

Previous MSU-affiliated HPCC users

If you were previously affiliated with MSU and used to have an HPCC account, your account can be disabled by our yearly departed user cleanup. In order to reactivate your old account, a PI (e.g., your collaborator) needs to sponsor the renewal for you. They need to fill out the HPCC Sponsored Renewal Form on an annual basis.

Note: All MSU Net IDs used to access the HPCC must be associated with a valid email address. If your previous MSU email no longer works, please provide us with an alternative email.

External collaborators

To request an HPCC account for an external collaborator, the PI must obtain a login-only, non-email, MSU Guest ID for their collaborator first. Either contact MSU ID Office at or visit their website. Once the Guest ID is acquired for the collaborator, the PI can follow the above instructions, by filling out the New Account Request Form. Since the Guest ID is not associated with a valid email address, the PI is responsible for providing a working email of the collaborator when completing the request form.

Other affiliated universities in Michigan

If you are affiliated with one of the universities listed below, please review their Documentation and email the Contact shown in the table below.

University Contact Documentation
Oakland University Mario Nowak:
Tomas Hajek:
University Technology Services
Western Michigan University Leonard Peirce:
Research and Innovation HPCHub
Central Michigan University Mel Taylor:
Office of Information Technology

For MSU PIs who want to sponsor HPCC accounts for users from one of these affiliated universities, please follow the following instructions:

  • The affiliated user must first register for an MSU Guest Account. Make sure that an official .edu email address from the affiliated university is used for the registration; otherwise, the HPCC account will not be created.

  • Once the MSU Guest Account has been activated for the affiliated user, they will need to complete the ICER Community ID Form, choosing MSU to authenticate, and using the credentials established while registering for the MSU Guest Account.

  • Once the ICER Community ID Form is received by HPCC staff, we will reach out to the MSU PI for approval and create the account.