2.1.2 Account Policy

ARCC Policies for High Performance Computing - Account Policy




HPC/HPS Accounts


HPC/HPS accounts are available for all University faculty, staff, and students for the purpose of research.

Account Sponsorship by a PI

  • All accounts must be sponsored by a University of Wyoming Principal Investigator (PI). Sponsorship gives permission to a user to use the HPC/HPS resource allocations of the sponsor.

  • PIs can sponsor multiple users. Users can be sponsored by multiple PIs.

  • HPC/HPS resource allocations are granted to PIs. Users utilize resources from their sponsor's allocations.

General Terms of Use

The following conditions apply to all account types. Additional details on how the different account types of work can be found elsewhere on this page.

  • All HPC accounts are for academic purposes only.

  • Commercial activities are prohibited.

  • Password sharing and all other forms of account sharing are prohibited.

  • Account-holders found to be circumventing the system policies and procedures will have their accounts locked or removed.

Account requests

All HPC accounts can be requested through the ARCC Access Request Form. Note that all requests, for creating projects and adding users to a project, must be made by the project PI.

For questions about HPC account procedures not addressed below, please contact ARCC.


Principal Investigator (PI) Account account of a faculty member who has an extended-term position with UW (e.g. not Adjunct Faculty)

Sponsored Researcher a member (e.g. Student/Graduate Assistant, Faculty, or Researcher from another Institution) of a research project for which a UW faculty member is the PI

System Account account of a staff member who has a permanent relationship with UW

Account Types

PI Accounts

PI accounts are for individual PIs only. These accounts are for research only and are not to be shared with anyone else. These accounts are subject to periodic review and can be deleted if the account holders change their University affiliation or fail to comply with UW and ARCC account policies.

PIs may sponsor any number of accounts, but these accounts must be used for research only. UW faculty are responsible for all of their sponsored account users. These accounts are subject to periodic review and will be deleted if the sponsoring faculty or the account holders change their University affiliation or fail to comply with UW and ARCC account policies.

Instructional Accounts

PIs may sponsor HPC accounts and projects for instructional purposes on the ARCC systems by submitting a request through the ARCC Access Request Form. Instructional requests are subject to denial only when the proposed use is inappropriate for the systems and/or when the instructional course would require resources that exceed available capacity on the systems or substantially interfere with research computations. HPC accounts for instructional purposes will be added by the Sponsor into a separate group created with the 'class group' designation. Class group membership is to be sponsored for one semester and the Sponsor will remove the group at the end of the semester. Class/Instructional group jobs should only be submitted to the 'class' queue, which will be equivalent in priority to the 'windfall' queue, and only available on the appropriate nodes of the ARCC systems.

System Accounts

System accounts are for staff members who have a permanent relationship with UW and are responsible for system administration.

Account Lifecycle

Account Creation

ARCC HPC/HPS accounts will be created to match existing UWYO accounts whenever possible. PIs may request accounts for existing projects/allocations or courses.

Account Renewal

Account Transfer

A PI who is leaving the project or the University can request that their project be transferred to a new PI. Any non-PI accounts can be transferred from one PI's zone of control to another as necessary as students move working from one researcher to another. Account transfer requests will also be made by contacting the Help Desk (766-4357).

Account Termination

The VP of Research, the University and UW CIO, and University Provost comprise the University of Wyoming's Research Computing Executive Steering Committee (UW-ESC). The UW-ECS will govern the termination of Research Computing accounts, following other University policies as needed. Non-PI accounts may be terminated at the request of the UW-ESC. Any users found in violation of this Research Computing Allocation Policy or any other UWyo Policies may have access to their accounts suspended for review by the Director of Research Support, IT, and the UW-ESC.