HPC Investment – Pricing – Ordering

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.

Cluster Prices

Name Description Price
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.

Other Benefits

    • 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
0.5 TB $65/year
1.0 TB $135/year

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.

    • Compute Node Ordering Procedure & Form

      Ordering Documents
      Instructions HTML PDF
      Order Form PDF


      Orders for compute nodes have a deadline. The UH ITS Cyberinfrastructure Team (CI-Team) places a group order with the vendor two times a year and we receive the equipment typically three months later.

      Prior to delivery of the new equipment and as soon as we have processed your order, the CI-Team will configure a private partition to provide the buyer with priority access to equivalent equipment.

      After delivery and installation of the new equipment, the owner partition will be reconfigured to use their purchased equipment. Serial number(s) of the purchased equipment will be provided to the owner for inventory purposes.

      Below are our ordering deadlines and estimated delivery dates.

      Ordering Period Order Deadline* Estimated Delivery Date
      Spring February 7 May 31
      Fall September 18 December 31
      * If the ordering deadline occurs on a weekend or holiday, it will be moved to the next business day.

      When submitting the order form, you will have to indicate the account(s) that you will be using to purchase the equipment. The account(s) cannot end prior to the estimated delivery date, as you will not be invoiced until that time.

      You may submit your order form at any time, and it will be included in our order to the vendor. after the next order deadline has passed. The updated form will become available two weeks after the close of the previous order.

      1. Download the Order Form and view the equipment details on our Price Card.
      2. The following fields are required:
        1. Name and contact information of the principal investigator (PI).
        2. Name and contact information of the fiscal officer(s) (FO) who manages the account(s).
        3. Quantity of each item you wish to purchase.
        4. The account number and and account end date of the UH or RCUH account that you are plan to use.
        5. The object code or budget category of this purchase. Please consult with your fiscal officer for this information.
      3. Verify all information on the filled order form is correct and finally print the order form.
      4. The principal investigator and fiscal officer are required to sign and date the order form certifying that the form is correct and that the account(s) indicated will be valid for invoicing on the estimated delivery date.
      5. Email the completed and signed order form to uh-hpc-help@lists.hawaii.edu. You will receive a confirmation of receipt within two weeks of emailing the completed order form.
      6. The CI-Team will review your order form to determine if your order can be fulfilled and will contact you with their determination.
      7. After delivery and installation of the new equipment, an invoice will be sent to the PI and FO via email. Please print and have the PI and FO verify the invoice and sign. Please remit payment to RCUH.
      8. Please scan and email a copy of the signed invoice to uh-hpc-help@lists.hawaii.edu.

      If you have any questions about a pending order, please send an email to uh-hpc-help@lists.hawaii.edu referencing the requestor name and date so we may better assist in providing you a status update.


      Notes:

      • Soliciting multiple quotations and a cost reasonable form are not required to place an order.
      • Final payment will be to an RCUH Revolving Account.
        • UH accounts can do a DV or PO to RCUH at the time of invoice.
        • RCUH accounts can simply send the completed invoice to RCUH for JE or deposit.

      ITS-CI Doc: I-01.1 Rev. 20170112.1
    • Compute Time Ordering Procedure & Form

      Ordering Documents
      Instructions HTML PDF
      Order Form


      Process to be determined

      Please contact us at uh-hpc-help@lists.hawaii.edu if you are interested in purchasing compute time.


      Notes:

      • Soliciting multiple quotations and a cost reasonable form are not required to place an order.
      • Final payment will be to an RCUH Revolving Account.
        • UH accounts can do a DV or PO to RCUH at the time of invoice.
        • RCUH accounts can simply send the completed invoice to RCUH for JE or deposit.

      ITS-CI Doc: I-01.3 Rev. 20170112.0
    • ValueStorage Ordering Procedure & Form

      Ordering Documents
      Instructions HTML PDF
      Order Form PDF


      Orders for ValueStorage can be submitted at any time. You will be invoiced after your ValuesStorage volume has been created.

      1. Download the Order Form.
      2. The following fields are required:
        1. Name and contact information of the principal investigator (PI).
        2. Name and contact information of the fiscal officer(s) (FO) who manages the account(s).
        3. Quantity of each item you wish to purchase.
        4. The account number and and account end date of the UH or RCUH account that you are plan to use.
        5. The object code or budget category of this purchase. Please consult with your fiscal officer for this information.
      3. Verify all information on the filled order form is correct and finally print the order form.
      4. The principal investigator and fiscal officer are required to sign and date the order form certifying that the form is correct.
      5. Email the completed and signed order form to uh-hpc-help@lists.hawaii.edu. You will receive a confirmation of receipt within two weeks of emailing the completed order form.
      6. The UH ITS Cyberinfrastructure Team will review your order form to determine if your order can be fulfilled and will contact you with their determination.
      7. After creation of the purchased ValueStorage volume, an invoice will be sent to the PI and FO via email. Please print and have the PI and FO verify the invoice and sign. Please remit payment to RCUH.
      8. Please scan and email a copy of the signed invoice to uh-hpc-help@lists.hawaii.edu.

      If you have any questions about a pending order, please send an email to uh-hpc-help@lists.hawaii.edu referencing the requestor name and date so we may better assist in providing you a status update.


      Notes:

      • Soliciting multiple quotations and a cost reasonable form are not required to place an order.
      • Final payment will be to an RCUH Revolving Account.
        • UH accounts can do a DV or PO to RCUH at the time of invoice.
        • RCUH accounts can simply send the completed invoice to RCUH for JE or deposit.
      ITS-CI Doc: I-01.2 Rev. 20170112.0

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