HPC Investment – Pricing – Ordering
UH Faculty, Staff and Students are eligible for free HPC accounts through support by the UH System across all 10 campuses. Researchers who need higher than usual resources for number of nodes, compute time, or storage space can meet those needs with funds from their research grants or other sources of support.
HPC Cluster Investment
The UH ITS HPC Cluster is a joint investment between UH and the research community based on the Condo Compute Model. UH made an initial investment of $1.8 Million in the current cluster in 2014, consisting of 178 standard compute nodes and 6 large memory nodes. The research community contributes back to this resource by purchasing nodes which are added to the cluster. The first PI investment contribution in 2016 added 91 compute nodes and a community GPU node, bringing the cluster to 276 compute nodes. The idea is to create an efficient and sustainable compute resource for the UH system.
|Standard Compute Node||Compute node with 20 cores and 128GB of RAM||$6,600|
|Large Memory Compute Node||Compute node with 40 cores and 1TB of RAM||$33,900|
|GPU Compute Node||Compute node with 20 cores and 128GB of RAM and 2 NVIDIA Tesla GPU Cards||$13,600|
|Custom Node||Compute node with TBD cores and TBD GB of RAM||TBD|
|1TB of Lustre File System Storage||1TB of scratch files system for 5 years. Requires the purchase of one compute node per 1TB||$600|
|One Hour of Standard Compute Node Computation||One hour of compute on a standard 20 core 128GB of RAM compute node. 1000 hour minimum purchase||($0.50/hr) $500 minimum|
|One Hour of Large Memory Compute Node Computation||One hour of compute on a large memory 40 core 1TB of RAM compute node. 250 hour minimum purchase||($2.00/hr) $500 minimum|
|0.5 TB of Network ValueStorage||0.5 TB of Scale Out storage attached to the HPC for long term file storage – more information below||$65 per year|
What Does Node Ownership Entail?
Owning a node on the UH HPC Cluster entitles said owner to guaranteed, immediate access to the owned resource(s). In practice this means that if another user were utilizing “community” cycles on the resources that user’s job would be preempted immediately and the owner’s job would take its place. So owners can run on their owned resource and compete in the “community” portion of the cluster for resources. Owners also allow their resource to be used in the “kill” partition of the cluster when they are not utilizing it. Owners also get extended wall-time for their resources – currently two weeks is the default but can be extended depending upon initial input from owners.
- Node owners can purchase portions of the parallel Lustre file scratch system to park their data a results for the life of their node. 1TB per node is the limit.
- Node owners can get enhanced software installation assistance and help running on their resources from the Cyberinfrastructure team.
- Node owners are stakeholders and therefore have more say in how the cluster is managed in reference to wall-time runs and other scheduler functions.
- Node owners can gain accounting management for their resources to manage within their group as they see fit.
HPC Value Storage Pricing
|Storage Amount||Storage Rate|
Intended Audience: Value Storage is intended to be used by any researchers that use the ITS High Performance Computing Cluster.
Ordering: Users of the ITC HPC service may order Value Storage using the CI order procedure.
Cyberinfrastructure Ordering Procedure
Note: Limited by the number of ports on the core switch, the UH-HPC can support a total of 314 compute nodes. This currently leaves space for only 24 additional compute nodes.
The ordering forms, procedures, and policies for each type of purchase can be found below.