Pricing of Computing Services

This page contains the latest prices for CSC computing services for companies and research institutions outside of Ministry of Education and Culture funding.

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Since 2017 CSC has changed the pricing scheme in such a way that the new billing better takes into account the characteristics of the various resources and their production costs. Previously the billing was based only on used core hours, but in the new scheme the price is affected by, for example, the amount of reserved memory and the virtual machine flavor.

All prices are exclusive of the VAT. CSC reserves the right to modify prices during the year if operational costs change significantly. 

Pricing model

The computing services pricing is based on billing units (BUs), whose hourly rate of consumption depends on the service (previously all the computing services used two billing units per one core hour). The BU rates are as follows:

  • Sisu: 2 BUs per 1 core hour or 48 BUs per 1 node hour (same as earlier).
    • Total BUs = 2 * reserved cores * used wall clock time.
  • Taito: 2 BUs per 1 core hour or 4 GB memory block hour.
    • Total BUs = 2 * max (reserved cores, reserved memory (in GB) / 4 GB) ) * used wall clock time, where the division is rounded up to the nearest integer.
  • Taito GPU: 25% of full node BUs per 1 GPU or 25% of full node cores or 25% of full node memory
    • Total BUs = 0.25 * Full_node_BU/h * max (reserved GPUs, (4 * reserved cores)/node cores, (4 * reserved memory)/node memory) * used wall clock time, where the division is rounded up to the nearest integer.
    • For Full_node_BU/h rates please see the table below.
  • Taito-shell: 2 BUs per 1 core hour (same as earlier).
    • Total BUs = 2 * reserved cores * used wall clock time.
  • cPouta and ePouta: See the cPouta & ePouta Virtual Machine Flavors table.
    • Please note that the active virtual machines consume BUs even when they are idle. Please see Pouta user guide for further details.

The storage is billed as follows:

 

CSC Computing Base Package – Fast and easy way to start using our computing services

The CSC Computing Base Package includes all you need to get started with high-performance computing. It is also the minimum amount of resources that can be procured from CSC. The package is charged once.

What's included in the Base Package?

  • 20 000 billing units (BUs)*
  • 1 TiB storage
    • Cloud systems: 1 TiB initial pool in which customer can create virtual disks (volumes).** Volume usage is charged in BUs according to volume lifetime, using the conversion factors in price list. Please note that both the computing and the storage from the 1 TiB pool consume the same 20 000 BU quota.
  • 4 user accounts
  • 2 public IPs for the cloud systems (Not applicable for ePouta)
  • Small amount of backed up home-directory space for the non-cloud systems
  • Support by our experts via CSC Service Desk

*) In computing systems (Sisu and Taito) the BUs are used for computing. In cloud systems (cPouta and ePouta) the BUs are used for both computing and storage according to consumption.
**) Pool can be grown by application or by request to your sales representative. Apply for more storage in Customer Portal: https://www.csc.fi/en/applying-for-computing-resources

 

Prices (Taito, Sisu, cPouta and ePouta)

The prices for the base package (VAT 0%) are:

Finnish open research by academic or public sector customers 890 EUR
Other 1190 EUR

 

Additional resources and consulting services

  Billing units
(per 20 000 BUs)
Storage for Sisu, Taito and Taito-shell
(per TiB/year)
 

Cloud storage (BUs per TiB hour)

Taito GPUs Consulting
(per day)
 
Additional user account
 
Additional public IP (BUs per hour)
 
Finnish open research by academic or public sector customers 200 EUR 335 EUR 3.5 BUs

Full K80 node: 100 BU/h

Full P100 node: 200 BU/h

725 EUR 20 EUR 0.2 BUs
Other 420 EUR 395 EUR 3.5 BUs

Full K80 node: 100 BU/h

Full P100 node: 200 BU/h

989 EUR 30 EUR 0.2 BUs

If you have a contract with CSC that has a different billing model than on this page, you will always be billed according to your contract.

Examples

Example 1: Taito with less than 4 GB per core

  • 12 cores, 36 GB memory, runtime 10 hours.
  • BUs = 2 * max(12, 36/4) * 10 = 2 * max(12, 9) * 10 = 2 * 12 * 10 = 240.

Example 2: Taito with more than 4 GB per core

  • 16 cores, 100 GB memory, runtime 10 hours.
  • BUs = 2 * max(16, 100/4) * 10 = 2 * max(16, 25) *  10 = 2 * 25 * 10 = 500.

Example 3: Cloud classroom

  • Contract based on the "Finnish open research by academic or public sector customers" pricing
  • 35 hpc-gen1.1core cPouta instances (1 core, 3.75GB RAM each)
    • Usage 1 hour each day, on one week every month, for a full year
      • 1 hours * 5 days * 12 weeks * 35 instances * 2 BU/h = 4200 Billing Units
  • 1 TiB of volume storage
    • Reserved around the clock for a full year
      • 3.5 BU/h * 24 hours * 365 days = 30660 Billing Units
      • 30660 BU + 4200 BU
        • more than the 20k BU in base package, thus needs an extra BU package.

Cost calculation:

Base package (academic)   890 EUR
Extra package (academic)   200 EUR
Total cost    1090 EUR

 

Example 4: Academic customer with Taito and cPouta usage

  • Contract based on the "Finnish open research by academic or public sector customers" pricing
  • 2 fullnode hpc-gen2.48core cPouta instances (48 cores, 240GB RAM each)
    • Constant usage for 20 days
    • 20 days * 24 h * 2 instances * 90 BU/h = 86400 Billing Units
  • 25 x 512-core parallel runs (with less than 4 GB memory/core) on Taito, each lasting 1.5 hours
    • 25 * 512 cores * 1.5 hours * 2 BU/h = 38400 Billing Units
  • 10 TiB volume storage quota on cPouta
    • 3.5 BU/h * 24 hours * 20 days = 16800 Billing Units
  • 20 TiB project directory quota on Taito

In total this will consume 141600 Billing Units which requires 7 additional BU packages*.

Base package (academic)   890 EUR
20000 Billing Units *) 200 EUR * 7 1400 EUR
20 TiB additional storage 335 EUR * 20 TiB 6700 EUR
Total cost   8990 EUR

*) BUs required on top of base package is 121600, which is rounded up to 140000.