Billing FAQ

During the fiscal year 2019 (FY19), FAS Research Computing will move to a cost model in order to meet the demands of our growing user base that includes labs outside of the FAS. Having the same cost structures across all of the Schools/Institutes at Harvard will allow FASRC to be better aligned to a number of regulations and requirements.

Our services catalog is made up of three primary billable areas: Compute (cluster) use, Storage, and Virtual Machines (VMs).


Compute usage on the cluster will be aggregated quarterly and FAS will bill each school directly.

Individual user breakdowns within each school will be made available for schools who wish to charge back to individual PIS/labs. It is up to each school to determine how their usage will be paid and whether or not they will charge individual labs/PIs.
FAS provides core funding for HPC computing as a part of its IDC. In order to sustainably provide HPC outside of the FAS, other schools must enter into a cost sharing agreement with FASRC. For more details please email the Director.

shared1 Core + 4GB RAM$0.0184
gpu1 V100$0.0661
requeue/Lab Owned1 Core + 4GB RAM$0.0029

These rates include access to fast scratch space, default lab storage space, and support from RC staff (help tickets, office hours, etc.) Additional storage, VMs, or managed servers are charged separately. 


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

Standard with off-site Disaster Recovery copy1$50.00

For specialized or large storage needs beyond 500TB please contact us to discuss options.
To request additional paid storage, please submit a storage request on our Portal
Disaster Recovery backups are intended to recover the filesystem form the last fully completed backup (age will vary based on size of share) and is not intended for individual file recoever.

Virtual Machines (VMs)

VM Tier Descriptions

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
Under revision
VM Annual Costs
Under revision


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.
For more info on our VM offerings and their suitability for certain tasks, please see our Virtual Machines page.