Invest in Compute Hardware

The minimum buy-in is one compute node. The traditional CPU nodes have dual CPUs and one 1 TB SATA disk drive. The AI/ML nodes have dual CPUs and one 1.92 TB SSD disk drive. If you are interested in purchasing nodes with special configurations (e.g. very large memory, different CPUs, GPUs, etc.), contact us for pricing.

All equipment and infrastructure costs are approved to be charged to grants. Infrastructure fees are considered service fees and must be charged monthly to grants.

NOTE: Pricing below current as of 7/1/2021

Traditional CPU Nodes

CPU nodes are intended for traditional CPU-based computing applications. Four nodes fit in 2U of rack space.

Manufacturer & CPUTraditional CPU ComputeLarge Memory CPU Compute
Intel Xeon 6248 CPU
20-core / 40-thread processor
2.5 GHz Base Frequency
HPE XL170 1/2U Server w/ Dual Intel Xeon 6248 (40 cores)
$10,468.72  –  192GB RAM – ethernet
$12,303.72  –  192GB RAM – infiniband
$11,869.72 – 384GB RAM – ethernet
$13,704.72 – 384GB RAM – infiniband
None preconfigured.
Contact us for configurations.
AMD EPYC 7713 CPU
64-core / 128-thread processor
2.0 GHz Base Frequency
HPE XL225 1/2U Server w/ Dual AMD EPYC 7713 (128 cores)
$10,172.74 – 256GB RAM – ethernet
$12,007.74 – 256GB RAM – infiniband
$12,263.91 – 512GB RAM – ethernet
$14,098.91 – 512GB RAM – infiniband
$15,920.72 – 1TB RAM – ethernet
$17,755.72 – 1TB RAM – infiniband
HPE DL385 2U Server w/ Dual AMD EPYC 7763 CPU
$27,126.00 – 2TB RAM – ethernet
$28,361.00 – 2TB RAM – infiniband 
$53,359.00 – 4TB RAM – ethernet
$54,594.00 – 4TB RAM – infiniband
NOTE: Prices listed above include the total cost of equipment and infrastructure fees for the 5 year lifespan of the equipment.

Mixed CPU/GPU Nodes

Traditional server form-factors that allow for CPU-based computing with small numbers of GPUs. The above Traditional CPU Node types come in server chassis form factors that are often capable of accepting 1 to 3 GPUs for accelerated computation. Below you will find a table with pricing for individual GPU types which can be integrated into standard CPU compute node servers in various configurations. If you’re interested in pricing out a hybrid CPU/GPU compute node, please contact the ICCP for pricing and configuration validation.

GPU Nodes for AI/ML

GPU-dense compute nodes well-suited to machine learning. Up to 8 GPUs maximum per 4U or 5U server. 

Graphics Processor (GPU)Intel ServerAMD Server
Consumer, Single-Precision
NVIDIA RTX A4000 16GB
NVIDIA RTX A5000 24GB
NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB
None preconfigured.
Contact us for configurations.
$22,899.78
Dual AMD EPYC 7302 CPUs
8 NVIDIA A4000 16GB GPUs
128GB RAM

$31,699.78
Dual AMD EPYC 7302 CPUs
8 NVIDIA A5000 24GB GPUs
128GB RAM

$44,899.78
Dual AMD EPYC 7302 CPUs
8 NVIDIA A6000 48GB GPUs
128GB RAM
Enterprise, Single-Precision
NVIDIA A10 24GB
NVIDIA A30 – coming soon
NVIDIA A40 48GB
$48,499.68
Dual Intel Cascade Lake 4214R CPUs
8x NVIDIA A40 48GB GPUs
192GB RAM
None preconfigured.
Contact us for configurations.
Enterprise, Double-Precision
NVIDIA A100 40GB
$83,667.68
Dual Intel Cascade Lake 4214R CPUs
8x NVIDIA A100 40GB GPUs
192GB RAM
$70,739.78
Dual AMD EPYC 7302 CPUs
8x NVIDIA A100 40GB GPUs
128GB RAM
NOTE: Pricing for AI/ML nodes listed above include infiniband infrastructure fees. If you do not require infiniband, you can subtract $1,235.00 from the listed price. Prices listed above include the total cost of equipment and infrastructure fees for the 5 year lifespan of the equipment.

Custom Nodes

Would you like a different configuration than those you see listed above? If so, please contact us at help@campuscluster.illinois.edu and we can discuss your custom node configuration.

GPUs

Our mixed CPU/GPU nodes can accommodate 1-3 GPUs per node, while our AI/ML GPU nodes can accommodate up to 8 GPUs per node. Currently, some GPUs listed above are only available as part of a node purchase and not individually priced like the ones below.

$2,195NVIDIA Tesla T4 16GB 
$2,599NVIDIA A10 24GB
$3,999NVIDIA A40 48GB
$8,395NVIDIA Tesla A100 40GB 

Purchase Compute Time On-Demand (RCaaS)

The Government Costing approved rate for RCaaS is $0.0217 per core-hour, which works out to $15.84 per core-month. This service is exempt from overhead when charged to grants. Place an order here!

Our FAQ page has more detailed information on commonly asked questions for RCaaS, such as available nodes, configuration options, etc.

The general rules for billing are:

  1. Investors will be charged the same rate no matter which nodes execute your jobs, and will only be charged for actual time used (rounded up to the next minute). Minimum job runtime is one hour.
  2. Jobs are scheduled such that only one job will run on one node at a time. Jobs will be charged for all cores on the node, regardless of whether or not they are used.
  3. The ICCP holds no liability for jobs lost due to user error and no refunds will be made in those cases. However, should a job fail due reasons outside of the control of the user (e.g. operator error, environmental failures), a refund for time lost can be made.
  4. Usage will be billed monthly to the University of Illinois CFOP you provide, and charges can be viewed on your Technology Services Statement via the Pinnacle application. Customers agree to keep on file with ICCP a current CFOP with sufficient funds to cover the expected charges to their account. It is not possible to pre-pay for service under this model, therefore you must have funding available each month to pay for your usage of RCaaS resources.

NOTE: All ICCP customers will be required to sign the Service Level Definition for the product or service they purchase.  These SLDs outline policies related to these purchases.  Find the appropriate SLD for the product or service you’re considering here.