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RCaaS (Research Computing as a Service aka Fee-for-Service) Model

The rate for RCaaS is $0.0224 per core-hour, which works out to $16.34 per core-month. The general rules for billing are:

1. Investors will be charged the same rate no matter which nodes execute your jobs, and will only be charged for actual time used (rounded up to the next minute). Minimum job runtime is one hour.

2. Jobs are scheduled such that only one job will run on one node at a time. Jobs will be charged for all cores on the node, regardless of whether or not they are used. Hence, it is optimal to use all 24 cores on each node when possible.

3. ACER holds no liability for jobs lost due to user error and no refunds will be made in those cases. However, should a job fail due to reasons outside of the control of the user (e.g. operator error, environmental failures), a refund for time lost can be made.

4. Order forms should be filled out for each research group to create a new group account. To request access to an existing group account, group staff (or lab members) should fill in the “Request Access” form on the right to seek the Principal Investigator or its designate approval.

Usage will be billed by the 28th of the following month to the University of Illinois CFOP you provided when you requested access to the RCaaS program.

Project Storage for RCaaS

Each new group will receive 25 GB of shared group storage and each user will receive 10 GB of home directory space for no charge. Additional High-Performance Parallel Storage can be purchased in increments of one TB at $19.00 per month. Parallel storage can facilitate faster data writes by using two redundant data caching servers connected to computation nodes over 56 Gbps Infiniband network. Bulk storage for a period of 5-year can be purchased at $780.00 per TB.


Partnership Model

Investors (researcher, department or college), who seek to secure dedicated computing capacity for their groups, should invest through our partnership model. Currently, we’re offering following compute resources at listed prices:

1 Node with no GPUs
(Intel Xeon E5-2650@2.20GHz, 24 cores/node, 128 GB memory and 1 TB HDD)
Infrastructure cost per node $1,785.97
Total cost per node $9,709.65


These prices are subject to change based on availability and departmental approval. Please complete the form below and our team will contact you in 48 hours.

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