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Costs and Investment

The HPC cluster is financed and maintained by the IT office of the University of Bern.

The base usage of our cluster is free of charge. Base usage includes:

  • 1TB of disk space (aka your home directory)
  • 20TB of temporary scratch space for raw data/results
  • Access to CPUs and GPUs for computation within limits, see topic Slurm QosS for the details


Interested users can invest into GPUs, CPUs and storage usage. The investors get elevated access to specific resources. The money raised by investments is used to buy additional resources for the cluster/storage will be purchased with the additional budget.

Get in touch with us!

If you are interested in our investment opportunities, get in touch with us by starting a service request at the Service Portal.

Disk Storage Costs


Every research group has 10TB free of charge quota. This can be used within one or more Workspaces. The amount used per Workspace is set at application time and can be changed later within the limitation.

Additional storage can be purchased. On the application or modification form an quota upper limit can be set. Accounted will be the actual usage only. Therefore, the actual usage is monitored twice a day. The average value of all data points is used for accounting and billed once a year

Research Storage

If you need a storage space for research data that can be used independent from the HPC cluster, that can be mounted using SMB protocol on your desktop, then the research storage opportunity get you covered. Price and service details can be found at Nevertheless, the data on such a research storage share can be directly in our HPC cluster.

Price and service details can be found at the official service page. Beware that the documents are in German only currently.

Statement of Cost for SNSF

On the official service page of the research storage service you can also find a statement of cost for the service that you can add to your SNF proposal in order to budget money for storage costs in your project.