Supercomputing Terms

(alphabetical listing)

authorized users

Authorized users include the principal investigator and secondary investigators who are part of the research team on a project. For classroom accounts, authorized users are the registered students and teaching assistants.

authorized users, adding new ones to existing project

To add a new authorized user to a project, the principal investigator can invite new users or add existing users through


    To determine your project balance, please log on to any machine and use the following command: OSCusage To maintain a positive balance, please submit follow-up proposals (either standard or major) before your balance reaches a negative level.

    classroom project

    A project that allows students to learn high performance computing or to apply high performance computing in a particular course. The project is good for one school term. The instructor should submit by e-mail a brief final report about the class. The award is $500 and can be renewed if needed.

    NSF Field of Science number

    Refer to the list of National Science Foundation's Field of Science numbers. You may find that more than one applies to your work; put up to three numbers in the blanks.

    principal investigator

    • A full-time, permanent researcher or faculty member of an Ohio college or university.
      • Responsibilities of a principal investigator
        • Central contact and administrator of the project
        • Responsible for keeping records of the resources consumed by authorized users and monitoring account balance
        • Notify of changes/additions in authorized users
        • Forward to OSC, Allocations Committee, copies of papers, preprints, and technical reports written from results computed on OSC's resources
        • Ensure ethical use of OSC's resources by research team
        • Submitting new account applications in a timely manner


    A project contains one or more research activities, which may or may not be related. Each project has a number consisting of a three- or four-letter prefix and four numbers. Principal investigators may have more than one project, but they should be aware that $1,000 annual grant can only apply to one project.

    secondary investigators

    These are authorized users other than the principal investigator. The PI is responsible for keeping OSC updated on changes in authorized users.

    signature page

    The signature page for first-time principal investigators should be signed by the PI and sent to OSC Help.

    Statewide Users Group

    The Statewide Users Group comprises representatives from Ohio's colleges and universities. The members meet every other month and serve as an advisory body to OSC.

    support from other sources

    If your research is supported by monetary accounts from funding agencies, the Center appreciates learning of this. Such data helps the Center determine its role in Ohio's research activities.

    type of project

    The Center categorizes projects as classroom ($500 fully subsidized), academic ($1,000 annual grant), and commercial.


    Unique login name of a user.  Make changes to password, shell, email, project access on OSC's client portal,