Use of SERC Computational Facilities by non-IISc users from academic and Government R&D Institutes and Industry.

SERC allows use of its Cray XC 40 supercomputer (http://www.serc.iisc.ac.in/supercomputer/for-traditional-hpc-simulations-sahasrat/) and NVIDIA DGX-1 cluster. (http://www.serc.iisc.ac.in/supercomputer/nvidia-dgx-1-cluster/).

Academic and Government R&D Institutes

User Rates (Additional charges: GST @18% apply)

SERC Facility Maximum Usage Other Academic Organizations Government R&D Labs
SahasraT Cray XC40 system. CPU. Up to (6000x24x30) core hours usage per month Rs. 1 per core hour Rs. 2 per core hour
SahasraT Cray XC40 system. GPU. Up to (4x24x30) GPU hours usage per month Rs. 6 per GPU hour Rs 12 per GPU hour
SahasraT Cray XC40 system. Intel KNL. Up to (4x24x30) KNL hours usage per month Rs. 6 per KNL hour Rs 12 per KNL hour
NVIDIA DGX – 1 system Up to (1x6x30) GPU hours usage per month Rs. 35 per GPU hour Rs. 85 per GPU hour

Terms & Conditions:

  1. The proposal and the payment is for the usage of up to three months. Only one proposal per user will be enabled at a time.
  2. The user can request up to the limits mentioned in the above table. The actual allocation will depend on the demand at the time of the request.
  3. The computations for the amount paid will have to be carried within (three months plus  grace period of one month) of payment. Under no circumstances, any part of the amount will be refunded.
  4. 10% of the overall requirement will be provided for free. This can be used for testing and debugging.
  5. The computations cannot be used for space and defense research.
  6. The computations cannot be for commercial purposes including the development of commercial products.
  7. The account will be disabled either at the end of four months (if computations not performed) or at the end of the computations exhausted against the amount paid.
  8. It is the user’s responsibility to remove the data within five days of the disabling of the account.
  9. The user will duly acknowledge the use of the HPC facility in any publications that have used SERC, IISc HPC resources.
  10. The user also agrees to submit a 3-page half-yearly report on the project which uses the HPC facility at SERC.

Steps

  1. Send a proposal containing
    1. title para containing name, affiliation, contact and title of the proposal
    2. science objectives
    3. resource requirements including
      1. type of the system needed
      2. number of core hours or the GPU hours subject to the limits mentioned in the T&C
      3. size of the input and output data
      4. software environment needed including the compilers (C or Fortran), libraries needed for linking etc.
      5. number of parallel runs of different number of cores to be made
  2. A committee will evaluate your proposal and respond in a week
  3. If approved, fill the usage agreement form and send along with a DD in favour of “The Registrar, Indian Institute of Science” to the Chair, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore – 560012. Please mark your envelope with “Request for Computational Usage”
  4. Once this is received, SERC will enable the environment and let know the starting period of the usage. Please note that the starting period is based on the current usage of the system, similar such pending requests and the limits mentioned in the T&C.

Industry Usage

User Rates (Additional charges: GST @18% apply) 
SERC Facility  Maximum Usage  Industry
SahasraT Cray XC40 system. CPU. Up to 2160000 core hours usage per month  Rs. per core hour
SahasraT Cray XC40 system. GPU. Up to 1440 GPU hours usage per month  Rs. 24 per GPU hour 
SahasraT Cray XC40 system. Intel KNL.  Up to 1440 KNL hours usage per month  Rs. 24 per KNL hour 
NVIDIA DGX – 1 system  Up to 30 GPU hours usage per month   Rs. 150 per GPU hour 
Terms & Conditions: 

Fees & Charges

  1.  Minimum Usage 256 cores on XC40 CPU.
  2.  The proposal and the payment is for the usage of up to three months. Only one proposal per user will be enabled at a time. 
  3.  The user can request up to the limits mentioned in the above table. The actual allocation will depend on the projected resource availability at the time of the request. 
  4.  Upon receipt of payment, date of activation will be intimated to the User. The computations for the amount paid will have to be carried within three months from the date of activation. A grace period of one month. Under no circumstances, any part of the amount will be refunded. 
  5.  10% of the requested and approved resource will be provided for free. This can be used for only testing and debugging. 

Data Storage 

  1.  The account will be disabled either at the end of four months from the date of activation (if compute allocations not performed/fully utilized) or at the end of the computations exhausted against the amount paid. 
  2.  It is the user’s responsibility to remove the data within five days of the disabling of the account. 

Type of use 

  1.  The computations cannot be used for space and defense research. 
  2.  Individuals and Industries may utilize the facilities for R&D work, testing, benchmarking and validation at scale. The computations cannot be for commercial purposes including the development of commercial products.  
  3.  The user explicitly certifies that any software he builds and uses on SERC facilities in his home area is entirely his property or is legally licensed to use such software. 
  4.  The user will duly acknowledge the use of the SERC HPC facility in any peer-reviewed publications (such as Journals and Conferences) that have used SERC, IISc HPC resources. 
  5.  The user agrees to submit a brief weekly/bi-weekly report and a 3-page final report at the end of the project. 
  6.  When the user raises a request for consulting support, he/she agrees to provide access to the software, scripts etc in his home area to System Administrators of IISc or IISc’s vendors solely for such support. 
  7.  User agrees that IISc will have access to all code, data and other files in User’s home area and can provide access by IISc’s vendors and Law Enforcement agencies to the same in response to a legitimate law enforcement request.  

Steps

  1. Send a proposal containing
    1. title para containing name, affiliation, contact and title of the proposal
    2. science objectives
    3. resource requirements including
      1. type of the system needed
      2. number of core hours or the GPU hours subject to the limits mentioned in the T&C
      3. size of the input and output data
      4. software environment needed including the compilers (C or Fortran), libraries needed for linking etc.
      5. number of parallel runs of different number of cores to be made
  2. A committee will evaluate your proposal and respond in a week
  3. If approved, fill the usage agreement form and send along with a DD in favour of “The Registrar, Indian Institute of Science” to the Chair, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore – 560012. Please mark your envelope with “Request for Computational Usage”
  4. Once this is received, SERC will enable the environment and let know the starting period of the usage. Please note that the starting period is based on the current usage of the system, similar such pending requests and the limits mentioned in the T&C.