Getting Started

If you are a US-based researcher and currently use, or want to use, advanced research computing resources and services, XSEDE can help. Whether you intend to use XSEDE-allocated resources or resources elsewhere, the XSEDE program works to make such resources easier to use and help more people use them. Once you are ready to take the next step, you can become an XSEDE user in a matter of minutes and be on your way to taking your computational activities to the next level.

Discover and Explore

If you haven't already, now would be a good time to explore the primary resources offered through XSEDE to understand which resource or resources best meet your computational needs and research objectives. Don't forget to check out the Science Gateways Listing, which might provide the tools you need in a convenient, easy-to-use Web interface.

Access to Resources

You can request to use the nearly two dozen resources allocated via XSEDE. Almost all U.S.-based university and non-profit researchers are eligible to request resource allocations, at no cost to you. Allocations are available if you are just getting started in computational science, visualization, or data analysis, if you are an experienced HPC user with large-scale needs or if you are deploying a science gateway. XSEDE also supports allocations for academic courses and training activities. XSEDE provides in depth support for all of these activities through its Extended Collaborative Support Services program.

Become an XSEDE User

If you're ready to join the thousands of other XSEDE users, create your XSEDE User Portal account. The XSEDE User Portal is your single point of entry to all things XSEDE, and your XSEDE User Portal accounts unlocks your ability to submit allocation requests, get up-to-date information on your existing projects, subscribe to user news and announcements, and register for training classes. Once you've got your portal account, check out the Getting Started Guide for what to do next.

Support Services

XSEDE's Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS) encompasses more than 80 computational scientists with experience in a wide range of research domains. You can ask to work with these experts on your computational projects in collaborations lasting up to a year to help you advance your use of XSEDE ecosystem resources. A related effort, the Novel and Innovative Projects (NIP) effort provides mentoring to scientists, scholars, and educators from disciplines that are just beginning to use advanced computing infrastructure.


XSEDE offers live and recorded training classes to teach you how to maximize your productivity in the XSEDE ecosystem. Consider listening to the most recent XSEDE New User Training course, in which XSEDE staff walk through the basics of the XSEDE ecosystem and describe how we've set up the environment for users. Many training classes focus on specific systems and software supported in the XSEDE ecosystem, while other classes cover general topics in programming principles, visualization, data management, science gateways, and more.

Getting Help

We realize this is a lot to take in, so XSEDE has lots of help options. You might begin by searching for your XSEDE Campus Champion. Your local champion can direct you to the staff or resources you need. This robust community of research computing professionals is spread out over 300 member institutions.

Still not sure if XSEDE is right for you? The XSEDE Help Desk staff will answer your question or put you in touch with the experts who can. XSEDE has numerous ways to search for information and get help on a variety of topics. Our staff can help with problems such as choosing a platform or resource, choosing a software package, improving file transfer performance, and help with visualization. Send your questions to .

Key Points
XSEDE provides live and recorded training on a wide range of research computing topics.
XSEDE programs offer our users in-depth collaborations and on-campus facilitators.
Most US-based researchers are eligible for no-cost XSEDE allocations. Get started in two weeks or less!
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