CCP Purchase Pricing Model

The traditional system purchase model is a useful option when research groups need to make a bulk purchase using a research grant or departmental budget, and it is also useful for grant proposal budget planning purposes.

Like the annual subscription model, research groups will have exclusive access to the resources they purchase. Principal Investigators (PIs) only need to purchase compute nodes (CPUs and/or GPUs), cables, and a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty service. Other equipment and services, including racks, network switches, power and cooling, system support, and machine room operation in our data center, is paid for by the university.

Compute resources available for purchase

The following table summarizes the CPU and GPU nodes that are available for purchase using the traditional purchase model:

CPU nodes

CPU modelCPU quantityMemory (GB)Estimated price
Dual AMD EPYC 7542 32-core 2.90GHz2256 GB$12K
Dual AMD EPYC 7542 32-core 2.90GHz2512 GB$16K
Dual Intel Xeon Gold 6248R 24-core 3.0GHz2192 GB$11K
Dual Intel Xeon Gold 6248R 24-core 3.0GHz2384 GB$14K

GPU nodes

GPU modelGPU quantityCPU modelCPU quantityEstimated price
RTX 5000 (16GB GDDR6, 3K CUDA cores)2AMD EPYC 7282 16-core 2.80GHz2$13K
V100s (32GB HBM2, 5K CUDA cores)2AMD EPYC 7532 32-core 2.40GHz2$33K
A100 (40GB HBM2, 10K CUDA cores)2AMD EPYC 7532 32-core 2.40GHz2$40K
RTX 5000 (16GB GDDR6, 3K CUDA cores)2Intel Xeon Gold 4216 16-core 2.1GHz2$13K
RTX 5000 (16GB GDDR6, 3K CUDA cores)4Intel Xeon Gold 4216 16-core 2.1GHz2$17K
V100s (32GB HBM2, 5K CUDA cores)2Intel Xeon Gold 6248R 24-core 3.0GHz2$31K


Pricing may vary based on market condition and the CARC’s equipment purchase price. In addition to the cost of the selected CPU and/or GPU nodes, PIs will be charged for cables, chassis (if necessary), and sales tax. Pricing does not include interconnect hardware, second enclosure (racks), or utility costs for power and cooling, but ITS/CARC will cover the costs of this necessary service and equipment. The PI will not be charged any setup or recurring fees as part of this arrangement for the duration of this agreement, including CARC administrative support costs.

How to request a condo purchase

A condo purchase request is possible during the CARC's annual condo purchase request period, which occurs during the fall semester. The whole process of purchase request, system configuration, vendor selection, purchasing, system installation, and deployment typically takes six months. The purchased resources will be in service for 5 years, and after this service period, the CARC will decommission these condo nodes.

PIs use the User Portal to select and purchase their desired condo resources. See the Request New Condo Purchase user guide for detailed instructions.

The condo purchase request period is currently open. The deadline to submit a purchase request is February 28, 2021.

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