Registration and login instructions

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


Overview of access procedure

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, therefore, 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, CMS Connect uses a group management tool that places users — individual human identities — into one or more groups with names such as or  The cms 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 CMS 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, or through the Web Connect webapp (password only). We'll discuss how to connect further on. Stash access is possible from the submit node and through Globus Online transfer, through Parrot/Chirp during job execution, or using HTTP to a public space within your Stash.

Sign in to or create an account

Before enrolling in a project you must have an account in the identity management framework. Visit the CMS 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 CMS Connect identity with a Globus Online identity. This not only provides integrated identity service, it also enables you to begin performing data transfers to CMS Connect very early on, with a minimal fuss, using Globus Online transfer.

InCommon Registration

The default first step is to sign in using an InCommon ID through the CILogon service.  This allows you to enroll using your existing campus identifier and credentials, provided that your home institution is a member of the InCommon Federation.

Click on Proceed to begin this process. You'll be directed to a discovery service which asks you what your home institution is. (If you've used CILogon before it may already know your home institution and skip this step.) Locate your institution in the list, or type its name to find matches. If your institution does not appear, it may not be an InCommon member; you'll need to register using another approach described below.

After selecting your institution in the discovery service, you'll be taken to your own institution's local sign-in screen.  You've probably used it before, and if it looks familiar that's because it's exactly the same web site.  Sign in using your campus credentials.  When done, you'll return automatically to the CMS Connect portal and can carry on with signup.

Globus Registration

If your institution is not linked to CILogon, you can sign in with a Globus (Online) identity instead. 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 CMS Connect identity will piggyback from here.



Using InCommon/CILogon

Using Globus Online ID (existing)

Using Globus Online (new)

Click Proceed.

Click Sign Up with Globus,

then Already a member? Sign In

Click Sign Up with Globus.


Select your institution from the CILogon site.

Enter Globus username and password.

Enter Name, Email, Username, Password.

Perform authentication at your institution.

Await validation email, use link to confirm.

Go to the Link accounts workflow.

Go to the Join group workflow.

Link accounts

After CILogon signin, you should find yourself at a screen that deals with Globus Online ID. If you don't have a Globus Online account already, skip this section. Click on Create a new Globus Online account and move on to the next section.

If you have a Globus Online account, go ahead and sign in. This will link your account information together, allowing you to sign in using your InCommon ID or any other ID that you link in the future. Otherwise, create one now.

Create a new Globus Online account

If you need to create a new account, it's mostly straightforward. At this time you'll only need to provide your name, email address, a username you want to use, and a password. You will also need to validate your email address.  You should quickly receive an email from with a subject of Globus - Confirm Email Address. Wait for it now: the link in that email will resume the registration workflow. Then wait a moment for your account to be created. Then move to the Join group workflow below.

Join group

You'll see some activity in the browser as you automatically join the cms community, and you may need to provide some additional personal information: a Field of Science, a Department, an Institution, and a Phone Number.  Finally you'll land on the Manage Identities screen.  Move on to Add an SSH key.

Add an SSH key

In the Manage Identities screen, you may add an SSH key to your Globus Online account. Not only will this facilitate scripted Globus file transfers, it also will help with logins to the CMS Connect job submission server. It's not required though; you can log in with your password, too. We will typically skip this in interactive workshops, and assume password use. You are encouraged to come back and set up an SSH key later, however.
  • If you already have an SSH key you're happy using, upload the public key now.
  • If you want or need to create a new SSH key and you're comfortable with an SSH key generation tool, you can generate a new key for CMS Connect and upload its public key.
  • If you're not familiar with SSH key generation, you can use our key generation tool. This will create a key pair — a public key and a matching private key — and allow you to copy or download them.

No matter which of these options you use, you should click Add SSH Public Key, then paste in your public key and submit.

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 CMS Connect community, which gives you visibility of the various projects associated with CMS 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.

You may already know what project(s) you need to join, go to the CMS Connect web site and select the Connect ▸ Join a Project menu item to see a list of currently active projects. (If you're a PI, and your project is not shown, let us know. Details on setting up a new project in CMS Connect are shown elsewhere in the ConnnectBook.)

Once you've found a project to join, simply click on its name at the left of your screen, and then on Join Now at the lower right. On receiving your request, SG Connect staff will request authorization from the PI or designated representative. Upon acceptance, you will automatically be granted all access to submit node and to Stash. On the submit node, you'll be a member of a UNIX group representing the project. And, in addition to your personal stash, the project will have its own group stash for shared data.


Having stepped through these procedures and joined an cms.* 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 CMS Connect servers within minutes. Take a moment if you need to, then we'll move on to basic high-throughput (HT) job submission using HTCondor.