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

SERC allows use of its Cray XC 40 supercomputer ( and NVIDIA DGX-1 cluster. (



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

Industry Usage

The NVIDIA DGX-1 system is allowed for access for usage by Industry up to a limit of (1x3x10) GPU hours per month. The usage will be charged at the rate of Rs. 150 per GPU hour.
Important Note: This usage by Industry cannot be for commercial purposes including the development of commercial products. The system can be used only for small-scale testing and benchmarking purposes.


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.


  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.