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1. Check

Before anything else, you should check the main Plato documentation page to determine if Plato suits your computing needs. In case of doubt, email Research Computing for help.

1. Review our terms of use

Then, you should review the terms of use for Plato. This will tell you if you are eligible for access, and also ensures that you understand your responsibilities when using the system. We keep that document short and to the point, please take the time to read it.

2. Request an account

If you are a student or postdoc, have a faculty member (your supervisor) email a request to sponsor you for access to Plato. If you are a faculty member, email Research Computing.

  • Include the NSID of the person(s) who will use the machine.

  • Briefly outline the computational work you wish to perform and your technical requirements, such as CPU, GPU, memory, storage, software. If you are unsure about some or all of your technical requirements, please say so.

  • As stated in the terms of use, you must include an abstract describing your project; this abstract will be published on our web site.

3. Get started on the machine

Once your account has been created, you should read our getting started guide. It will give you basic information for accessing and using the cluster, and will point you to the more extensive, technical documentation you will require to make full use of Plato.

4. Keep track of published work done using Plato

As stated in the terms of use, you should be prepared to provide, at a later date, a list of all published research done using Plato, including articles, theses, and conference proceedings, talks and posters. The use of Plato should also be acknowledged in all such publications.

By abiding by these terms, you help us demonstrate to funding organisations the value that Plato has for the research community at the University.

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