There is a cost associated with using the Nimbus, so you will need funding to cover your computational costs.
Calculate your compute costs
Use the Research Computing Cost Estimator tool to calculate your compute costs.
Simply launch the tool, then select the compute instances you require and specify how many node hours you need.
Spot compute VMs are available at a much lower cost than Pay as you go VMs. However, Spot VM workloads can be evicted (terminated) and your unsaved data will be lost.
Your Spot VM job is more likely to get evicted if you:
- Run your job on many nodes
- Run jobs for long durations
And Spot VMs are only ideal for workloads that:
Research Computing will cover the cost of your evicted jobs up to 6 Node Hours.
If you run a job larger than 6 Node Hours on Spot VM and it is evicted, you will be charged for the cost incurred up until your job is evicted. This charging policy is in place to ensure we stay within the centrally allocated Research Computing budget.
Secure funding to run your workloads
You can receive high performance computing (HPC) funding from your department's Research Computing Champion, or a research project PI may grant you access to use their HPC budget.
Alternatively, you can apply for a University Research Computing Accelerator Award or external grant funding. Find out more.