How to Start a Project
The Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) operates on a cost-recovery model.
CAC services – including computing, consulting, file storage, backups, and/or cluster maintenance – are
fee-based and require a Cornell University account number for charge-back based
rates (rate information available only to Cornell faculty, staff, and students)
which are subsidized by the Provost and
revised annually. Exploratory accounts, general
help, documentation, occasional questions, training workshops, and access to research networks
continue to be provided at no cost.
To access CAC's fee-based services, please complete a Project Request Form. Only faculty
and research staff may complete a Project Request Form; students need to identify a faculty sponsor.
A Cornell University account number and account point of contact is necessary to complete
Managing Your Project After it is Established
After a project is established, the Project PI can use the Manage Projects Form
at any time. Please note: only the project PI or Proxy can use the Manage Projects Form to change settings on their project(s).
The form is used to view current settings, and to set and adjust limits on the number of computing hours
and/or consulting hours desired. It also enables you to request
other CAC services such as disk space for file storage or databases, or cluster
maintenance for a cluster that is dedicated solely to your research group.
Adding Project Members
Use the "Add an ID" link on the Manage Projects Form to add users to your project, to set limits
on that user's computing, consulting, and file storage usage, or to
decide if a user's CAC files should have backup services, an optional
service called EZ-Backup that is provided and billed separately by CIT.
Designating a Project Proxy
After a project is established and project members have been added, one of the project members may be designated as "Proxy." The Proxy
can do anything the PI can do within the scope of the project. The Proxy can be changed or removed at any time. All Proxy settings are
managed from the Manage Projects Form.
Updating Account Numbers After Your Project is Established
After your project is established, the Project PI, Proxy, or Account rep can use the
Update Accounts Form to update the account number or the project expiration date.
Accessing Project Member Information
including computing use, file storage limits, and contact information, is available to Cornell University users online.
Corporate Program members may request account information by contacting the
Corporate Program director.
Industry access to CAC systems is available through memberships
Corporate Program. Contact
to learn how to participate.
Help in filling out forms can be obtained by contacting