University of Vermont

Vermont Advanced Computing Core

Payment & Funding

Payment

The VACC is supported by a tiered, pay-per-use policy. All users of the VACC elect to join (or are placed into) one of three tiers on a yearly basis. The combined income from all paying users supports a full-time IT professional who facilitates our goals to expand and maintain the VACC, and to make it user friendly. Currently, UVM provides financial support for the hardware and maintenance.

All Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) based on hardware purchased by VACC users are in effect. If you purchase dedicated hardware for the VACC, you are required join Tier 2 or Tier 3.

Three Tiers
  • Tier 1 - membership is free, and will entitle you to the full use of the VACC, albeit with low queue priority and 10,000 compute hours.
  • Tier 2 - membership is $950 for FY17, which will entitle you to mid-range queue priority and 100,000 compute hours.
  • Tier 3 - membership $3,800 for FY17, entitling you to high queue priority and compute hours above 100,000.

Payment arrangements are due by July 1st of each year. Tier payment may change annually dependent on UVM internal funding commitment and grants awarded to the VACC.

Options for Funding

From an Existing Award
  1. Review current grant to determine if there is funding available.
  2. Contact granting organization for approval.
  3. Contact Andi Elledge aelledge@uvm.edu for internal process and approval.
From a New Proposal
  1. When writing the budget, include a line item under ‘Non key personnel’ for an “Information Tech Professional”. Contact aelledge@uvm.edu for the appropriate effort percentage. The salary and fringe for FY17 will be Tier 2 $950 and Tier 3 $3,800.
  2. In the Budget Justification for the line item, supply the following text:
    • Provides specific technical support for high performance computing as part of the scope of this grant on behalf of UVM's Vermont Advanced Computing Core (VACC) cluster services. (*ONE SPECIFIC SENTENCE ABOUT THIS GRANT AS TO THE COMPUTATIONAL NEEDS*) The VACC is a multi-thousand core “big compute” Linux cluster, with hundreds of terabytes of GPFS storage. This technician will help the PI and [his/her] students compile, deploy, store and retrieve the computational components of the proposed work.Additionally, they will assist with any required training for the PI and [his/her] students and improve system documentation. The technician will aid UVM's IT personnel with the selection and implementation of any system upgrades and software installations required for the proposed work.
Internal transfer of funds
  1. If you have internal funding such as research incentive funds or a start-up account, please contact Andi Elledge at aelledge@uvm.edu and she will work with your department business manager to transfer the funds for your use.

General help to get you started and/or to answer questions, send email to vacc@uvm.edu or call 802.656.8867.