The Center for Computation and Visualization remains committed to supporting the computing needs of the Brown Research Community during this difficult time. COVID-19 Updates


We provide services with limited resources at no cost to all members affiliated with Brown. For advanced computing that requires extra resources, we charge a quarterly fee. See below the rates for FY20

High Performance Computing Cluster (Oscar)

The number and size of jobs allowed on Oscar vary with both partition and type of user account. The following partitions are available to all Oscar users:

  • Batch - General Purpose Computing
  • GPU - GPU Nodes
  • BigMem - Large Memory Nodes
Account Type Partition CPU Cores Memory(GB) GPU Max Walltime* (Hours) Cost (Billed Quarterly)
Exploratory *




2 Std.
48 $0
HPC Priority Batch 208 1,500 2 Std. 96 $200
HPC Priority+ Batch 416 3,000 2 Std. 96 $400
Standard GPU Priority GPU 16 192 4 Std. 96 $200
Standard GPU Priority+ GPU 16 384 8 Std. 96 $400
High End GPU Priority GPU 16 256 4 high-end 96 $400
Large Memory Priority Bigmem 32 2TB - 96 $100
Condo Rental Batch 512 2TB - No limits $10,000 (Yearly)
  • Each account is assigned 20G Home, 512G Scratch (purged every 30 days).
  • * Priority accounts and Exploratory accounts with a PI get a data directory.
  • * Exploratory accounts without a PI have no data directory provided.
  • Priority accounts have a higher Quality-of-Service (QOS) i.e. priority accounts will have faster job start times.
  • The maximum number of cores and duration may change based on cluster utilization. For example - HPC Priority account has a Quality-of-Service (QOS) allowing up to 208 cores, 1TB memory, and a 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.
  • GPU Definitions:
    • Std - QuadroRTX or lower
    • High End - Tesla V100

Staff Services

Support Level Description Cost
General Support Limited code troubleshooting, training, office-hours. Limited to 1 week per year $0
Advanced Support Any staff services requiring more than 1 week’s effort per year $85/hour
Project Collaboration Percent time of a specific staff member charged directly to the grant %FTE

Research Data Storage

  • 1TB per Brown Faculty Member - Free
  • 10TB per awarded Grant at the request of the Brown PI - an active grant account number will be required to provide this allocation and the data will be migrated to archive storage at the end of the grant.
  • Additional Storage Allocation - Year to Year - $100 / Terabyte / year