The VACC is supported by a tiered, pay-per-use policy. All users of the VACC elect to join one of three tiers on a yearly basis. We also offer additional storage to users. The combined income from all paying users supports a full-time IT professional who facilitates our goals to expand and maintain the VACC. Currently, UVM provides financial support for 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.

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.

Three Tiers

All three tiers enjoy full use of the VACC, with each tier being granted differing compute hours and queue priority. Please see the table below for details.

3 $4,060 High Over 100,000
2 $1,015 Mid-Range 100,000
1 No cost to user* Low 10,000

*Subsidized by the Office of the Vice President for Research

Additional Storage

The VACC offers additional storage to users for their computational needs. The rate is calculated at the current price for High Throughput Storage (gpfs2) and includes a fee for installation and maintenance. Life of the storage is 4 years.

COST FY19:  $200 per TB

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 for internal process and approval.

From a New Proposal

  1. When writing the budget, include a line item under ADP & Computing Services: F6020 (for account code 80047).
    FY19 Tier 2 is $1,015 and Tier 3 is $4,060.
  2. In the Budget Justification for the line item, supply the following text:
    Support is requested at (include amount) per year totaling (include amount) over the award period to provide high-performance computing services to the PI 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 service will help the PI and their students compile, deploy, store and retrieve the computational components of the proposed work. Additionally, the VACC will provide the required training for the PI and their students including system documentation. As part of the service an IT technician will aid with the selection and implementation of any system upgrades and software installations required for the proposed work.
  3. For the Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources section of the proposal you can use VACC cluster specs.

Internal transfer of funds

If you have internal funding, such as research incentive funds or a start-up account, please contact Andi Elledge at and she will work with your department business manager to transfer the funds for your use.


For general help to get you started and/or to answer questions, send an email to or call 802-656-8867.