There are currently three services offered by the IDRE Research Technology Group.
Effective May 3, 2018, the cost for one terabyte of HPC storage for a period of one year is $185.32.
This rate includes backups, the physical storage space, the infrastructure to support it, administration of the users of your storage space, hardware and software upgrades, and problem fixes. This rate will remain in effect until renewed through the campus. Note that if you are using federal funds these charges will incur facilities and administrative (F&A) costs (55% through June 30, 2018, and increasing to 56% as of July 1, 2018; see http://ora.research.ucla.edu/OCGA/Pages/Standard-Instit-Info/facilities-and-administrative.aspx) as they are considered a service and not equipment. For more information on this service see: https://idre.ucla.edu/resources/shared-storage/hpc-storage
If your previous storage purchase did not include backups, nothing has changed. No backups will be done on your data until you renew your allocation or you specifically ask for this service. Although we have made every effort possible to ensure reliability and fault-tolerance of our storage systems there is no guarantee that you will not lose your data.
To purchase HPC storage, please go to store.idre.ucla.edu
Cloud Archival Storage Service (CASS)
- Storage is sold in units of a terabyte (TB*) for a period of one year.
- Rates are per terabyte (TB*) / per year.
- The effective volume/period rate is determined per transaction.
– The rate is determined by the amount of storage added to an allocation.
– A transaction can be prorated so that renewals capture total allocations and, potentially, a lower rate.
- Rates are current as of December 1, 2015 and are subject to change without notice.
- Using federal funds will incur overhead (currently 54%) as CASS is considered a service. See: Current UC Overhead Rates.
- CASS is currently available only to University of California (UC) entities.
- To discuss your needs and how CASS might be able to help you, have questions or order storage please contact Scott Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or 310-825-8607 or through our support site: https://support.idre.ucla.edu
To determine the cost for your desired storage allocation, find the row containing the total amount of storage being added. Then follow across to the ‘Price per TB’ column. Multiply that rate times the total number of terabytes being added.
Example: Adding 20TB for 1 Year. $131.66/TB/Yr x 20TB = $2,633.20
|Quantity||Price per TB for 1 Year*|
|1 – 7 TB||$156.74|
|8 – 15 TB||$137.93|
|16 – 31 TB||$131.66|
|32 – 63 TB||$128.53|
* 1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes
The cost of one HPC Compute Node is approximately $6,270 as of July 2018. This node features 2 x 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2650v4 CPUs, running at 2.2GHz, with 64GB* of memory, local SSD storage, and 5 years of support from Silicon Mechanics. Included is full access to these cores through the Hoffman2 Shared Cluster queuing system, administration of the group and users of your compute resources with complete support of the hardware and the operating system as well as connection to the cluster’s Infiniband fabric. Additional information and the usage policy for the Hoffman2 Shared Cluster is available at https://idre.ucla.edu/resources/hpc/hoffman2-cluster.
If you are interested in adding additional memory, more cores, larger hard drives/SSDs, or GPUs to your compute nodes please let us know.
* Note that the previous batch of nodes contained 128GB of memory for roughly the same cost. We have dropped back to 64GB because memory prices rose sharply on 2017 and a node with 128GB of memory would run an additional $800. Rather than increase the node cost that drastically, we opted to keep the cost close to what it was and let those that specifically need the extra memory pay the premium. Nodes can easily be upgraded if you need extra memory. We will continue to monitor memory prices and make adjustments to node prices to provide the best configuration we can while keeping the cost reasonable.
To order compute nodes, or ask questions about node or storage purchases, please send an e-mail through our Hoffman2 ticketing system. If you have general questions, please contact Lisa M. Snyder at email@example.com.