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How to apply for an account at the CMS PSI Tier-3

To apply for a Tier-33 account please send an email to cms-tier3@lists.psi.ch with Subject "account request". Use the following template without changing any field, even if it's empty. In a case of umlauts or any diacritic signs in any names, please replace them with equivalent combination (e.g. “ü” → “ue”) :

User's first name:
User's last name:
Institution: ETHZ? PSI? UniZ? If you're a temporary guest please report your home Lab, e.g. INFN Roma1, University of Madrid, KIT
group leader:
CMS hypernews name:  
physics group: ethz-bphys ?  ethz-ewk ? ethz-higgs ?  ethz-susy ?  ethz-ecal ?  psi-bphys ?  psi-pixel ?  uniz-bphys ?  uniz-higgs ?  uniz-pixel ?
Grid cert subject: /...
User's phone number: +41 ...
PSI AFS account (if existing): leave it empty if you don't have a PSI AFS account
login shell: /bin/bash ? /bin/tcsh ? /bin/zsh ? 
primary email address: 
secondary email address:
leaving date:   DD/MM/YYYY


  • Your CMS hypernews name: This is the name that identifies you within CMS. 99% of times it is simply your CERN lxplus account name (and this name is used in user paths on the LHC Grid). It will become your T3 account name, except if you already have a PSI account (you are a PSI employee or guest).
  • group leader: The name of the professor of your research group
  • Your Grid certificate's subject string: This is needed to access grid computing resources and storage. It is a unique ID string of your certificate and looks similar to this
    /DC=ch/DC=cern/OU=OrganicUnits/OU=Users/CN=dfeich/CN=124567/CN=firstname secondname
    . You can get all details about it and your CMS membership from the CMS VOMS server (Link). This requires that your certificate is loaded in the browser. If you are on a short term project it may be that you did not get a certificate. You can still use the Tier-3 basic facilities.
  • phone number is needed to communicate password information
  • secondary email address: used for backup communications
  • physics group: This is the user group to which you belong and that will be used both for accounting and fairshare usage of the PSI Tier-3 resources (look at the PhysicsGroupsOverview page for an overview about the groups). Pick the one that fits best - the groups are kind of obsolete in 2020.

Your account request will be confirmed with your institution's superviser. Once you got the account and password, please continue with the page HowToSetupYourAccount.

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