Invest in Compute Hardware

The minimum buy-in is one compute node. The standard configuration has dual CPUs and one 1 TB SATA disk drive. If you are interested in purchasing nodes with special configurations (e.g. very large memory, different CPUs, 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: that the node pricing below does not include the required enclosure. This cost is built into the below infrastructure fees. Please see “additional per node fees” below for more information on infrastructure fees.

Standard Compute Nodes

ProcessorMemory ConfigurationCores (Node Total)EthernetHDR InfiniBand
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 5220 (Cascade Lake)96GB36$7,327.43
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 6248 (Cascade Lake)96GB40$7,977.77$8,598.48
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 6248 (Cascade Lake)192GB40$8,479.53$9,089.58
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 6248 (Cascade Lake)384GB40$9,344.85$10,044.85
Dual AMD EPYC 7702256GB128$9,283.00$9,895.00
Dual AMD EPYC 7702512GB128$11,783.00$12,395.00
Dual AMD EPYC 77021TB128$15,738.00$16,395.00

GPU Nodes

ProcessorMemory ConfigurationCores (Node Total)GPU MaxEthernetHDR InfiniBand
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 6248 (Cascade Lake)96GB402$8,077.77 + GPU(s)$8,689.48 + GPU(s)
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 6248 (Cascade Lake)192GB402$8,579.53 + GPU(s)$9,189.58 + GPU(s)
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 6248 (Cascade Lake)384GB402$9,376.71 + GPU(s)$10,076.72 + GPU(s)
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 5220 (Cascade Lake)192GB288$14,295.00 + GPU(s)$14,295.00 + GPU(s)
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 5220 (Cascade Lake)384GB288$15,295.00 + GPU(s)$15,295.00 + GPU(s)
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 6248 (Cascade Lake)192GB408$16,895.00 + GPU(s)$16,895.00 + GPU(s)
Dual Intel Xeon-Gold 6248 (Cascade Lake)384GB408$17,995.00 + GPU(s)$17,995.00 + GPU(s)
Dual AMD EPYC 7702256GB1283$10,995.00 + GPU(s)$10,995.00 + GPU(s)
Dual AMD EPYC 7702512GB1283$13,495.00 + GPU(s)$13,495.00 + GPU(s)
Dual AMD EPYC 77021TB1283$17,495.00 + GPU(s)$17,495.00 + GPU(s)


ModelMemory ConfigurationCost
NVIDIA Tesla T416GB$2,195.00
NVIDIA Quadro RTX40008GB$899.00
NVIDIA Quadro RTX600024GB$3,499.00
NVIDIA Tesla V10032GB$5,549.00
NVIDIA Tesla A10040GB$7,499.00

Additional Per Node Fees

In addition to the costs above, each node will be assessed additional charges to cover fair share portion of shared infrastructure costs:

  • Ethernet nodes (non-GPU): $1,453.72/node or $24.23 per month for the 5-year lifespan of the node if billed to a grant.
  • Infiniband nodes (non-GPU): $2,688.72/node or $44.81 per month for the 5-year lifespan of the node if billed to a grant.
  • Ethernet nodes (GPU): $2,032.44/node or $33.87 per month for the 5-year lifespan of the node if billed to a grant.
  • Infiniband nodes (GPU): $3,268.44/node or $54.47 per month for the 5-year lifespan of the node if billed to a grant.

Note that some colleges and units may choose to pay this cost on the behalf of investors. In these cases, investors are required to obtain the necessary approvals from their units documenting that they have agreed to cover these costs.

UIC and UIS investors should contact for specific information on covering the overall infrastruture costs.

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.