Registration and Login for OSG Connect

(An abbreviated version of these signup instructions is provided when you choose signup from the OSG Connect main site. This section of the Help Desk provides more comprehensive information about the registration process, but the shortened step-by-step guide is perhaps easier to follow.)

The major steps to getting started on OSG Connect are creating an OSG Connect account (which is created under the osg project group), creating and/or joining a "project" (a subgroup of the parent osg group) with your account, and uploading ssh keys to the OSG Connect website which will allow you to log in and start submitting jobs.

Account Creation

Sign in to or create an account

Start by creating an OSG Connect identity / account. Visit the OSG Connect web site, then select Sign In/Sign Up ▸ Sign up as a new user. There are a few paths forward from here, but all end up with linking your OSG Connect identity with a Globus identity. This not only provides integrated identity service, it also enables you to begin performing data transfers to OSG Connect very early on, with a minimal fuss, using Globus transfer.

Note: You sill need to register using a GlobusID (@globusid.org) not your institutional login. You can link your institutional account to the GlobusID if desired, but your OSG Connect application cannot be processed without a GlobusID login.

Globus Registration

Click on Sign Up with Globus. If you already have a Globus account, click Already a member? Sign In to sign in now. Otherwise, provide your name, email address, and a username and password to register a new account. Your OSG Connect identity will piggyback from here.

Using Globus ID (existing) Using Globus (new)
Click Sign Up with Globus, then Already a member? Sign In Click Sign Up with Globus.
Enter Globus username and password. Enter Name, Email, Username, Password.
Await validation email, use link to confirm.
Go to the Join group workflow. Go to the Join group workflow.

Join group

To complete the registration process, submit an application to join the osg group.

Generate and Add an SSH key

Once your account is created and you're approved to join the osg group, you can upload ssh keys to log in.

Please visit this page: Step by step instructions to generate and adding an SSH key

Join a Project

Congratulations! You're now signed up, and you have all the accounts that you'll need. A critical step remains, though, before you can begin computing. You've now joined the OSG Connect community, which gives you visibility of the various projects associated with OSG Connect. To begin working in the facility, or using the Stash service for file storage,  you'll need to join one (or more) of them.

See this guide: Start or Join a Project in OSG Connect

Ready?

Having stepped through these procedures and joined an osg.* project group, you have all the roles and access that you need to continue working. There can be some delay for project membership approval, but aside from that access rights are generally implemented in the OSG Connect servers within minutes.

Overview of access procedure and accounting

For those interested in details, this section describes some of the background information behind projects.

The Open Science Grid governs access to grid resources through an accounting framework that assigns each user's jobs to an accounting group or project. As a new user of the OSG, one of the first things to iron out is what project or projects best describe your work.  This is more a matter of accountability than of entitlement: it concerns how organizations report to their sponsors and funding agencies on the utilization of resources placed under their administration.

To assist in this, OSG Connect uses a group management tool that places users into one or more groups with names such as osg.RDCEP or osg.Extenci. The osg portion of this name differentiates our groups from those of other organizations in the same group management facility. The latter portion identifies the specific project, each with a Principal Investigator or other administrator, that oversees access to resources. Within our web tools, these names are often in mixed case, though you may see them uppercased in some reporting/accounting software.

The first step in registration is to create a user account and bind it to other identity information. After that you will enroll in a project group.

Once you've enrolled in a group, you'll have the requisite rights to log in to the submit node for the OSG Connect job scheduler, or to transfer data in and out of Stash. Submit node logins are typically via Secure Shell (SSH) using a password or a public key. We'll discuss how to connect further on. Stash access is possible from the submit node and through Globus transfer or using HTTP to a public space within your Stash.

 

This page was updated on Dec 14, 2019 at 19:00 from start/account/registration-and-login.md.