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Billing FAQ

During the fiscal year 2019 (FY19), FAS Research Computing will become a cost recovery center in order to meet the demands of our growing user base that is outside of FAS.  Having the same cost structures across all of the Schools/Institutes at Harvard allows FASRC to be aligned to regulations from granting agency requirements. Our service catalog is made up of three primary billable areas: Compute (cluster) use, Storage, and Virtual Machines (VMs).

Compute

Compute usage on the Odyssey cluster is aggregated monthly and billed to each lab group via iLab and Oracle Financials to a 33-digit billing code. Individual user breakdowns within each lab will be made available.

TYPESERVICE UNITCOST PER CPU/HR
Shared1 Core + 4GB RAM$0.0205
requeue/Lab Owned1 Core + 4GB RAM$0.0029

These rates include each lab's access to fast scratch space, default lab storage space, and support from RC staff (help ticket, office hours, etc.)

Storage

Additional lab storage, beyond the base lab share (currently 4TB) and Regal fast scratch quota allotted to all PI labs, is charged by the Terabyte (TB).

STORAGE TYPESIZE UNIT (TB)COST PER YEAR
Standard with off-site DR copy1$50.00

For specialized or large storage needs beyond 500TB please contact us to discuss options.

Virtual Machines (VMs)

VM Tier Descriptions

TIERDESCRIPTIONADMINISTERED BY
1Fully monitored, RC is responsible for service availability and proper functioning of the base VM. No sudo/root access. NFS mounts allowed.FAS RC
2RC provisions requested OS, end-user has limited privileged access (example: May have sudo to restart webserver). NFS mounts allowed.FAS RC & Customer (limited)
3RC provisions "bare metal" with requested OS, hands off to requester who has administrative control. No NFS mounts allowed, as a result. RC is responsible for proper functioning and health of the KVM infrastructure. End-user is responsible for all other maintenance including software and administration of services.Customer

 

VM Initial Setup Charge

TIERSETUPCORESDISK (GB)TOTAL
1$3,284.15220$3,495.75
2$2,736.79220$2,948.39
3$234.58220$446.18

 

VM Annual Costs

TIERANNUAL BASE COSTCORESDISK (GB)ANNUAL CHARGE
1$1,094.72220$1,306.31
2$547.36220$758.96
3$156.39220$367.99
 

NOTES:

Additional costs may be incurred for projects such as Level 3 or 4 data with special requirements, multiple groups or VPN realms. Contact us to discuss any special needs you may have.

Projects external to Harvard may incur a 69% charge for F&A. We will notify any such projects of this additional cost when discussing setup.