New Accounts

Before you can use many of the services and facilities provided by GPS, you must get an account. Please be sure to read the Institute Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources if you will be using any computing resources at Caltech.

GPS Linux Account

In addition to the computing resources and facilities provided by the Institute, the Division maintains a variety of shared Linux-based computing resources that are open for use by any current or new GPS member. These include a user web site, an FTP account and a Linux home directory space.

While these resources are available, they are not required for each new GPS user. A Caltech Institute account is sufficient but also necessary to access Caltech mandatory services such as employee time reporting. In addition, a Campus account is required to access campus services such as high-speed wireless access and software made available to campus members at a steep discount or even free of charge. Should you also wish to obtain a GPS account, or should your group require it, we recommend that you please follow these steps to obtain a new GPS account:

1. Obtain a Caltech Institute email account. Fill out the IMSS account request form and bring it to the IMSS Help Desk in 312 Center for Student Services in person during business hours. You will need to bring your Caltech ID.

2. Use the IMSS account request form to obtain your GPS account. Once you have your Caltech Institute account activated, bring a copy of your IMSS account request form to B157 South Mudd or 250a South Mudd. Please write on the form your department and your academic advisor/sponsor, if known, as well as a way to contact you once the account is ready.

For more information and computing support, please contact GPS Help Staff (