Starting Your Director’s Discretionary (DD) Award

Help Desk

Account and Project Management

The following guide is for PIs to prepare for the start of their Director’s Discretionary (DD) project.

Get Started with ALCF’s systems

Getting Started Videos

To help you get your project up and running, view our Getting Started video at:

User Support

Email the ALCF User Experience Team at

Project Details

Your project begins when you receive an allocation approval email with the following project information:

  • Project Short Name: The assigned, shortened name for your project. This will be the name that you’ll use to access your project on the systems
  • Allocation System(s) and Amount: The approved system(s) and amount of your allocation in node hours
  • Approved Quota: The approved amount of your project directory’s quota
  • Allocation End Date: The end date of your allocation

Helpful project management commands

  • myprojectquotas: log into Theta and type this command to view the project directory quotas for ALL your projects
  • myquota: log into Theta and type this command to view your home directory quota
  • sbank allocation -p <%Project_Shortname%> -r all: log into Theta and type this command to view your project allocation on Theta

More information on using sbank (Allocation Accounting System) can be found at:

Account Setup

If you do not have an ALCF account, you will need to request one at When prompted for project name, please select <Project_Shortname>.

If you have an active ALCF account, submit a request to join the <Project_Shortname> project at!/joinProject

Foreign National Access Request Form

The U.S. Department of Energy has guidelines and requirements for foreign visitors who access its facilities and sites. This guidance is issued in DOE Order 142.3, which is part of Argonne's contract; therefore, all foreign visitors (non-U.S. Citizens) must obtain authorization prior to using ALCF resources.

If you are a foreign national and do not have current authorization credentials, you will require an ANL-593 (Foreign National Access Request) form. It is critical that documentation requests sent by ALCF staff are completed as early as possible to facilitate timely processing for your account approval.

Adding Project Members

As a PI, you have the ability to add members to your project and have the authority to:

  • Approve and renew accounts.
  • Add and delete users to/from the project.
  • Approve Foreign Assignment/Visit Request form renewals for project members who are foreign nationals.

You must approve each member of your team by responding to requests from ALCF for account access approval with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to gain access to ALCF resources and run jobs on the project.

Manage your Project

Accounts for your New Project Members

New project members will need a user account to access project data and to run jobs on ALCF systems. Please instruct any members who do not have an ALCF account to request one at:!/accountRequest. When prompted for project name, they should select your project short name.


Acknowledgment In Publications

Please follow the guidelines provided at to properly acknowledge the use of ALCF resources in all of your publications, both online and print.

Facility Policies

Facility policies have been established to provide consistent and reliable services. Please read at:

Requesting Additional Hours

As your allocation expiration date approaches, you may request an extension and/or more hours by filling out the form at with your request.

In the "detailed description" field, please answer the following questions:

  • What you have accomplished with your original allocation? Please include a brief description of any publications or major presentations that were (or will be) generated, as a result of this Discretionary allocation.
  • What will you do with the extra time?
  • What you are requesting as your new expiration date? How many new hours you are requesting?