About ACF



The Advanced Computing Facility (ACF), located at the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) in Nichols Hall, houses High Performance Computing (HPC) resources dedicated to scientific research. Thanks to a $4.6 million renovation grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the facility has the capablility of supporting over 24,000 processing cores.

The KU Community Cluster Program: A Path to Sustainable High Performance Computing


What is the KU Community Cluster Program?
The KU Community Cluster Program is a way for the research community to come together to build high performance computing capabilities in an efficient and cost-effective way. Each cluster “share owner” has priority use of their contribution to the cluster, and unused capacity is available for all share owners to use. Data center and system administration costs are included in the purchase price of nodes. The Community Cluster Program is administered through the Advanced Computing Facility (ACF).

Anticipated services to be offered by the ACF



Service
Class

Service



Computing and storage
hardware acquisition
(Community Cluster program)

  • Coordinated
    purchase of hardware and support

  • Operational support
    for nodes and OS images

Rack space, power,
cooling and network

  • Hardware hosting (per
    rack unit)

System/ cluster
operation and administration

  • Monitoring
    and management of hardware, system backup/restore (no s/w or
    media)

  • Coordination
    of maintenance with provider.

  • OS installation and
    maintenance, package installation, queue management

System management for
non-ACF
equipment and VMs

(operator & system administrator functions)
Assumes
equipment has ACF standard base software manifest.

  • Monitoring
    and management of hardware, system backup/restore (no s/w or
    media)

  • Coordination
    of maintenance with provider

  • OS installation and
    maintenance, package installation, queue management

Research database
services

  • Database
    set up, backup and maintenance

  • Shared large MySQL,
    Oracle or Postgres instances

High Performance
Cluster
file
storage

  • high
    speed shared and scratch

  • low
    speed (home, project medium term storage)

  • Archival disk/tape

Virtual machines for
research applications

  • Virtual machine
    provisioning

Advanced application
consulting and programming

  • High
    performance computing (using local and national resources)

  • Data
    management and transformation

  • Statistical
    software consulting

  • Mathematical
    software consulting

  • Collaboration
    technologies development (applications of science portals, grids
    and compute/storage clouds) (Phase 3)

  • Humanities
    computing consulting

Training, education and
outreach

  •  In-house
    training for KU research computing facilities and software

  • National
    supercomputer center training (TeraGrid/XD Campus program)

  • Consulting
    for using research computing in grad/undergrad curriculum

  • Visualization
    training and consulting (Phase 3)

Cluster Node Rental

  • One time and/or
    infrequent application runs

Anticipated cost of services to be offered by the ACF





Service
Class

Units

Internal
Rate

External
Academic





Community Cluster Node Hosting Fee

Node per year **

$163.00

$254.00

Rack space, power,
cooling and network

Rack U per month

$17.00

$26.00

System/ cluster
operation and administration

OS image per month

$18.00

$28.00

System management for
non-ACF
equipment and VMs

OS image per month

$64.00

$100.00

System management for
non-ACF
equipment and VMs

Time and material per hour

$124.00

$193.00

Database
system services

DB login per year

$52.00

$81.00

Research Database
Storage

GB per month

$4.00

$6.00

High Performance
Cluster
file
storage

GB per month

$0.03

$0.05

Virtual machines for
research applications

VM per year

$612.00

$953.00

Advanced application
consulting and programming

$$ per hour

$56.00

$87.00

Advanced application
consulting and programming

FTE per month

$9,533.00

$14,851.00

Training, education and
outreach

Class time per hour

$76.00

$118.00

Cluster Node Rental

Core per month

$18.00

$28.04

** The hosting fee is based upon 48 nodes per rack; this fee will be adjusted for node configurations that require a higher level of rack resources.

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