Boise State’s Node Buy-in Program affords researchers a low-cost, flexible way to own computing resources without having to purchase and maintain standalone systems.
Buy-in nodes are integrated into the shared cluster, and owners are given priority access to their equipment and can scale-out and use other resources available on the cluster. Excess capacity is returned to the pool for general, shared use. and in exchange for making idle compute cycles on their purchased nodes available, researchers pay no additional costs for managing their hardware or software or for using additional shared resources.
Participation in the Buy-in Program provides researchers with many benefits:
- Favorable hardware pricing
- Priority access to owned compute nodes with shared access to Research Computing cluster
- The use of the shared cluster’s resilient, high-performance, parallel file-system for accessing their project’s files
- The use of an Infiniband high-speed interconnect for larger parallel compute jobs
- Professional staff management of the hardware, software and security environment