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Getting Started with NSF ACCESS-CI and Jetstream2

1. Creating an Account on NSF ACCESS-CI

Step 1: Navigate to the ACCESS User Registration page.

Step 2: If you had an XSEDE Portal account, your ACCESS ID is the same. Do not create a new ACCESS ID. Instead, select the “ACCESS CI (XSEDE)” identity provider to log in using your XSEDE account.

Step 3: If you don't have an XSEDE or ACCESS account, you have two options:

Step 4: During registration, ensure you complete the email verification. You'll receive an email from with a URL to complete your registration.

Note: Avoid exiting your browser during registration. If you face any issues, please contact the support team.

2. Connecting to Jetstream2

Step 1: Visit the Jetstream2 official End User documentation.

Step 2: Jetstream2 offers multiple interfaces for creating, deploying, and managing Virtual Machines (VMs) and Storage. Familiarize yourself with the available interfaces:

  • Exosphere: A web-based GUI for VM management.
  • Horizon: Another web-based GUI with a different set of features.
  • CACAO: Still in development, but offers unique capabilities.
  • OpenStack CLI: For those who prefer command-line interfaces.

Step 3: For beginners, it's recommended to start with the Exosphere interface. Here's a brief guide:

  • Logging In: Use your ACCESS-CI credentials.
  • Creating an Instance: Follow the on-screen instructions to deploy a VM.
  • Accessing an Exosphere Instance: Once your VM is up, you can access it directly from the Exosphere dashboard.

Step 4: Dive deeper into the Jetstream2 documentation to explore advanced features, troubleshooting guides, and more.

Note: This tutorial provides a quick overview of getting started with NSF ACCESS-CI and Jetstream2. For comprehensive details, always refer to the official documentation provided by both platforms.