We provide services with limited resources at no cost for PIs, tenure-track faculty, and their students. For advanced computing that require extra resources, we charge a quarterly fee. See below the rates for FY19

High-performance Computing (Oscar)

Account(s) Type Priority # of User Accounts CPU Cores GB in Home Directory Cost
Exploratory Low 1 16 for 48 hours† 10GB Free†
Premium Medium 1 208 for 80 hours‡ 10GB $300/quarter
Group Premium Medium 6 208 for 80 hours (per account)‡ 10GB/acct $750/quarter (additional accounts $150/quarter)
HPC Condo High 6 Size of condo 10GB/acct Contact us

† Free exploratory accounts are available to all tenure-track faculty and PIs at Brown. Students and researchers may also obtain an exploratory account with written permission from their advisor or PI. Exploratory accounts have a 16-core limit per user, with a per-job limit of 46,100 core-minutes.

‡The maximum number of cores and duration may change based on cluster utilization. Priority accounts each have a Quality-of-Service (QOS) allowing up to 208 cores, 1TB memory, and total per-job limit of 998,400 core-minutes. This allows a 208-core job to run for 80 hours, a 104-core job to run for 160 hours, or 208 1-core jobs to run for 80 hours.

Research Data Storage

  • 256GB Base Faculty Allocation - Free
  • Additional Storage Allocation - Year to Year - $125 / Terabyte / year
  • Additional Storage Allocation - Long Term (6 years) - $750 / Terabyte / 6 years

Allocating CCV Fees to Sponsored Projects

Include these fees in proposal budgets and budget justification. The CCV mission statement can be used to justify this. The rates for CCV fees have been approved by the Brown University Controllers office and found to be well below actual cost. When allocating the cost of CCV fees to grants and contracts, please follow the guidelines below.

If just one grant or contract is charged, a basic statement of research relevance and benefit for the CCV activities suffices.

Establish a basis for allocating fees if two or more projects benefit.

The concept of interrelatedness applies and has been documented by the CCV and approved by OSP.

Any reasonable basis for allocating costs can be used. The following are examples:

Distribute CCV charges on the basis of the projects’ total direct costs; or Distribute CCV charges based on PI’s % effort on projects. The remarks section on the interdepartmental invoice or an attached document must include the allocation methodology used to allocate CCV fees among sponsored awards.