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Account Registration

Each individual user must request access to the NHR@KIT services by completing the following three steps:

  1. Find out if you need a new account or if you can use the same account name you are already using with your home institution.

  2. Get the entitlement for the respective service.

  3. After the registration has been accepted, register for the service.

Step 1: Account name

The NHR@KIT services rely on FeLS, a Federated Identity Management system that integrates with many academic institutions across Germany. This means users from institutions connected to FeLS can use the same account name they are already using to access services at their home institution to access the HPC services at KIT.

If your institution on the following list, please enter your home institution account name on the registration form in Step 2. For logging in on the HPC services at KIT your home user name has to be prefixed with the prefix mentioned in the list. To give an example: If you happen to work at Hochschule Offenburg and your local account name is johnny.hpcuser, your login name on all NHR@KIT services would be of_johnny.hpcuser.

If your institution is not (yet) listed, you will be assigned a so-called "KIT partner account" instead.

Institution Prefix Institution Prefix
Universität Freiburg fr Universität Heidelberg hd
Universität Hohenheim ho KIT (and KIT partner accounts) (no prefix)
Universität Konstanz kn Universität Mannheim ma
Universität Stuttgart st Universität Tübingen tu
Universität Ulm ul Hochschule Aalen aa
Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen as Hochschule Esslingen es
Hochschule Heilbronn hn Hochschule Furtwangen hf
Hochschule Karlsruhe hk HTWG Konstanz ht
Hochschule Mannheim mn Hochschule Offenburg of
Hochschule Reutlingen hr Hochschule Rottenburg ro
Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart hs Hochschule Ulm hu
Forschungszentrum Jülich fzj Helmholtz-Zentrum München (HMGU) hmgu
Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron (DESY) desy

Step 2: Getting the entitlement

Fill out the necessary form, sign it/have it signed and send it to servicedesk@scc.kit.edu via e-mail.

For access to the Future Technologies Partition (FTP) please complete registration for HoreKa and then contact the support channels. Both system share the same account management database, but access to the FTP additionally requires membership in a special group.

Step 3: Registering for the HoreKa service

After successfull issueing of the entitlement, you have to register yourself for the requested service. To do so please visit FeLS and complete the following steps.

  1. Select your home organization from the list on the main page and click Proceed or Fortfahren. If you have been assigned a new KIT partner account, please select KIT as the home institution.

  2. You will be directed to the Identity Provider of your home organisation (or KIT). Enter the account name / username as determined in Step 1 and the password of your home organisation (or KIT). Then click on Login, Einloggen or something similar.

  3. You will be redirected back to FeLS. If you are logging into FeLS for the first time, a summary screen with all your account data will be shown. Please check that the data is valid and then click on Continue or Weiter.

  4. Once you have successfully logged into FeLS, you will be greeted by a home screen showing all services you currently have access to. Click on Register or Registrieren to start the registration process for a specific service.

  5. A 2-factor authentication mechanism (2FA) is being enforced to improve security. If you have never registered a 2FA token on FeLS before, the following error message will appear:

    Click on the Link or on the My Tokens link in the main menu. The instructions for registering a new 2FA token can be found here. Please complete them before proceeding.

  6. Make sure all requirements are met by checking the Requirements box at the top. If the requirements are not met, you might be able to correct the issure by following the instructions. In all other cases please contact the support channels.

  7. Read the Terms of Use ("Nutzungsbedingungen und -richtlinien"), check the box besides I have read and accepted the terms of use and click on Register or Registrieren.

  8. Set a service password and click on Save or Speichern. Please make sure to use a strong password which is different from any other password you are currently using or have used on other systems. You will also be asked to change the service password regularly.

Changing the Service Password

You can set a new service password at any time. Log into FeLS, look for the service and question and then click on the Set Service Password link.


Last update: March 15, 2021