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Getting an HPC account

Internal System Access

This account request process is in place to support our collaborative institutes and other academic partners.  A NOAA email ID is required and access to this system is limited to those who have received a security clearance and issued a NOAA.gov email address through the process below. 

Instructions for New Users who are U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents

- for internal systems, JET, HERA, and GAEA - require a NOAA email ID to access

Image describes the steps required for U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents to request access to RDHPCS internal systems. A new user needs to complete NACI Investigations, receive a NOAA.gov email and complete the IT security training before requesting access to the RDHPCS internal system. The NACI Investigations, which can take up to several months to complete, receiving a NOAA.gov email, and completing the IT security training, can take couple of weeks, are processes that are outside of RDHPCS purview.

 

  1. All RDHPCS users require a NOAA.gov email.
  2. Contact your respective R&D HPC system research sponsor to begin the process:
  • request a noaa.gov email account
  • requesting access to RDHPCS
  • receiving approval to work on specific projects

 


Instructions and Prerequisites for New Users who are Foreign Nationals 

 - requires a NOAA email account

[Image describes the steps required for foreign nationals to request access to RDHPCS internal systems. A new user needs to complete the online Foreign National Registration package and submit it to the Department of Commerce Office of Security for  approval and acknowledgement.  They would then need to contact NOAA IT department to receive NOAA.gov email and complete the IT Security training before requesting access to the RDHPCS internal system. The approval/acknowledgement on the Foreign National Registration package (can take several months to complete), receiving NOAA.gov email and completing the IT Security training (can take couple of weeks) are processes that are outside of RDHPCS purview.
  1. Complete the Foreign National Registration Package: 
  2. Receive DOC OSY approval/acknowledgment

    • Special Agreement Check (SAC) - For access to the RDHPCS resources, a SAC security investigation is required at a minimum for access up to one year for foreign nationals (FN)

  3. Contact your respective R&D HPC system research sponsor to begin the process:

  • Getting a noaa.gov email

  • Requesting access to RDHPCS

  • Receiving approval to work on specific projects

 


External System Access

Instructions for New Users for the Orion External System

- access managed by Mississippi State University - NOAA email ID not needed for access

[Image describes the steps required for any user regardless of their nationality to request access to RDHPCS External systems. A new user needs to collaborate with a NOAA portfolio manager or Principal Investigator. The PfM or PI completes the web interface form to add new user; user receives email from MSU to complete account request process, user receives email from MSU to change password, complete required training, and set up Dual Factor Authentication App (Duo App) on their device; user changes password within 3 days of getting email; user then completes required training and sets up Duo App; user now has access to Orion System. The new user is expected to receive access to the system within 2 weeks

 

  • All users, regardless of citizenship, follow the same process to receive Orion access.

  • NOAA's R&D HPC PI or PfM will need to use MSU’s HPC Account Management System and Process. All existing RDHPCS PI and PfM will have access to MSU's Account Management Tooloffsite link

  • MSU's Account Management system requires user authentication via an MSU account. PIs and PfMs must maintain an active MSU account in order to be able to manage their projects online. 

  • Steps to access to the Orion System:

    • To gain access, you must collaborate with a NOAA research lab and be associated with an active NOAA research project. Each of NOAA's projects will have an assigned Principal Investigator (PI) who is responsible for the project and the project members.

    • The designated PI or their PfM will request the creation of a MSU user account and for the user to be assigned to their project.

    • The user will complete the NOAA account request form.

    • An email will be sent from MSU requesting a change of password, completion of required training, and setup of the Duo dual-factor authentication.

      • The password must be changed within three days of getting the email.

      • Complete required training

      • Set up the Duo App on your device.

      • Login to access to Orion.

 


NOAA's Orion Docs Wiki - Getting an Account - This resource is for NOAA personal (PIs and PfMs) to assist with Orion account requests and management.  Note: this link requires a NOAA email ID for authenticated access.