There are two ways to obtain an account on the AVIDD cluster.
If you are an IU faculty or staff, connect to https://itaccounts.iu.edu/. Then click on ``Faculty or Staff'', click on ``Create more IU computing accounts'' too and press ``Continue'' at the bottom of the page. The system will bring up a login page. You will have to type your IU-wide user name and your IU-wide password and press the ``Continue'' button again.
If you do not have an IU-wide user name and password, go back to https://itaccounts.iu.edu/ and request an IU-wide account for yourself. You won't be able to do much, in terms of IT at IU, without it. Of course, depending on the nature of your work at IU, you may or may not need access to IU IT facilities. It is quite possible to function without IT altogether, or to use external IT facilities, e.g., Microsoft's Hotmail or AOL, and your own private laptop. If you are in this category you can still obtain an AVIDD account. But in this case you will have to contact AVIDD administrators directly. To do so send a courriel (``courriel'' is an official French term for e-mail - Pretentious? Moi?) to George W. M. Turner, who is really Santa Claus, but he moonlights as the AVIDD administrator.
After you've been logged on, you'll be transferred to the ``Account Management Service'' page, where you'll find a couple of choices. Choose ``create more accounts''. This will transfer you to a yet another page titled ``Select account to request''. There, near the top, you'll find the ``AVIDD Linux cluster'' entry in the ``Research only Systems Group'' . Click on it, type your IU-wide network password again in the field at the bottom of the page and press the ``Create Account'' button.
This procedure will not work, if you are an undergraduate student, because the AVIDD cluster will not be listed for you. In this case you need to go to http://www.indiana.edu/~rats/application.shtml and fill the form there. In the ``Additional comments for processing'' section specify the name of the course, I590. The account will be valid for the duration of the Fall Semester 2003 only. The account creation process will take one business day to complete if everything is in order.