Although many users find that the base allocation of 10,000 CPU hours (directly deposited into your account annually) is sufficient for their research, other users may need to purchase additional hours for ongoing research projects.
The current charge for additional CPU hours is at the rate of $0.01 per CPU-hour (rate subject to change) and may be purchased by completing the form below. The information that you will need before completing your purchase is:
Once your request has been made, your account will be billed and your hours deposited in your account. You will receive a confirmation response once the transaction has taken place. Please allow 2-3 business day for your transaction to be completed. (Note: Please allow extra time if you have submitted your request over the weekend.) . If you have any questions or an emergency request, please contact Marisa Brazil.
There are three tiers of allocations for CPU time:
Base Allocations of 10,000 CPU hours are provided annually to all ASU faculty members who have an account on our system.
Allocations should be tracked by principal investigator (i.e. a faculty members’ usage includes all of their graduate students and postdocs).
Award Allocations are granted to faculty and research scientists attending any ASU campus through a proposal process (RFP). The RFPs are judged by a faculty committee based on intellectual and technical research merit, novelty, sponsored research supported, the potential for new developing new research and results from past awards. The committee will allocate approximately 6 million CPU-hours through this award process. Up to 200,000 CPU hours may be requested annually and are limited to one per PI.
Purchased Allocations are additional CPU hours above and beyond the base allocation that a faculty member may purchase. The rate CPU hour for FY13 is $0.01 per CPU-hour and is subject to change. Purchases can take the form of direct charges for cycles or through contributions of hardware (there is flexibility in the type of charge to support most agency grant programs). A2C2 staff are happy to work with faculty to incorporate the most appropriate mechanism in research proposals.