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Resource Pricing

The Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research provides access to high performance computing (HPC), data analytics environments, as well as secure cyberinfrastructures for analysis of sensitive data. ACER works with top-tier vendors to deliver an expandable computing environment to the University of  Illinois at Chicago community. This infrastructure includes core hardware, software, administrative, technical, and user support that can be used by researchers to convert funding into research computing resources in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner.

HPC RCaaS: Research Computing as a Service Heading link

The RCaaS (a.k.a Fee-for-Service model) allows the purchase of compute resources on demand and are billed by the 28th of the following month to the University of Illinois CFOP# you provided when you requested access to the RCaaS program.


The rate for RCaaS is $0.0224 per core-hour, which works out to $16.34 per core-month.

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 at no charge. Additional High-Performance Parallel Storage can be purchased in increments of one TB for $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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

HPC Partnership (a.k.a. Condo) Model Heading link

Investors (researcher, department or college) who seek to secure dedicated computing capacity for their groups should invest through our partnership model.

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


32-core Standard Compute Node with no GPUs:

2 x Intel Gold 5218 CPUs @ 2.30Ghz, 16 cores/CPU, 192 GB memory and 5-year warranty

Cost of the node: $8,559.00

Infrastructure cost per node: $1,933.00

Total cost per node: $ 10,942.00


32-core Max Memory Compute Node with no GPUs:

2 x Intel Gold 5218 CPUs @ 2.30Ghz, 16 cores/CPU, 1 TB memory and 5-year warranty

Cost of the node: $14,442.00

Infrastructure cost per node: $1,933.00

Total cost per node: $16,375.00

48-core High Memory Node:

2 x Intel Xeon Platinum 8260L CPUs @ 2.40Ghz, 24 cores/CPU, 3 TB memory and 5-year warranty

Cost of the node: $65,791.00

Infrastructure cost per node: $1,933.00

Total cost per node: $ 67,724.00


Secure Computing Environment Heading link

The Secure Computing Environment (SCE) at ACER eases the burden on the researcher of having to configure and assure that their computational work environment has been configured with the appropriate security controls and to minimize the risk of exposing high risk data. The SCE makes it easier for researchers to implement necessary safeguards for research that is subject to regulatory or compliance requirements, including but not limited to, HIPAA, FISMA, Personal Information Protection Act of Illinois and other grant specific regulations.


Level CPU and Memory Monthly Cost
1 1 CPU, 1 GB RAM $27.00
2 1 CPU, 2 GB RAM $39.00
3 1 CPU, 4 GB RAM $63.00
4 2 CPUs, 8 GB RAM $111.00
5 4 CPUs, 16 GB RAM $207.00
6 4 CPUs, 24 GB RAM $303.00
7 4 CPUs, 32 GB RAM $399.00
8 6 CPUs, 48 GB RAM $591.00
9 6 CPUs, 64 GB RAM $783.00

– In addition to the recurring charges, we will also charge the requestor a one-time setup/consultation fee of $120.

– Additional consulting is available for an hourly rate of $55

– All prices include 40 GB disk space. Additional storage is available for $0.25 per gigabyte per month plus $0.25 per gigabyte per month for backup.

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