User Contribution Model (Pricing)
In 2021 Sigma2 signed a new collaboration agreement with our partners, the BOTT-universities (NTNU, UiB, UiO and UiT). This new agreement requires that all projects need to contribute. This entails that the previous model's thresholds stating that only HPC projects with funding above 15 MNOK and storage projects above 10 TB must contribute have ceased.
You find the updated Contribution Model categories and pricing below.
Non-commercial projects with resources allocated through the Resource Allocation Committee (RFK) must contribute to the operational expenses of the service. This category should be used in applications to the Norwegian Research Council and other funders, except the EU.
Non-commercial projects in need of Dedicated Resources, paying for capital and operational expenses.
Commercial research and industry which will pay market price.
For applications to the EU, as in-kind value.
Smaller projects using less than 200 000 CPU core hours pr. year or using less than 7 TB storage pr. year. If any organisation outside BOTT has an aggregated use for smaller projects with a value of more than 50 000 NOK, the organisation needs to contribute given 6 months’ notice, for further future use of the infrastructure.
Costs of the services
The allocation of the resources are on a per-period basis and is subject to an evaluation to the RFK.
The cost for all services is based on cost models consisting of actual cost elements from service suppliers for operational cost and investment costs. Advanced User Support (AUS) is not included in the cost model for any service and is free of charge for all categories (except category C) but subject to evaluation.
|Category||Service||2022: New price per CPU hour||Old price||Price reduction in %|
|B||HPC – Dedicated||0,09||0,14||38 %|
|C||HPC – Commercial||0,47||0,29||+ 62% increase|
|D||HPC – EU*||0,09||0,14||38 %|
|Category||Service**||2022: New price per TB||Old price||Price reduction in %|
|B||Storage – Dedicated||932||2550||63 %|
|C||Storage – Commercial||3398||3645||7 %|
|D||Storage – EU*||932||2550||63 %|
*) EU – in kind was previously included in category B.
**) Back up cost per TB is not included in the price.
Sensitive data prices
The Sensitive Data Service (TSD) has an annual fee, invoiced by the University of Oslo/USIT, which covers two virtual machines, up to 1 TB of storage and backup, and the use of the service Nettskjema.
Extra yearly costs apply for services that are not covered by the yearly fee, such as the use of the HPC cluster, more storage, use of database and use of licensed software not included in the software portfolio. Please note that a potential invoice for extra services like this will come from the University of Oslo/USIT.
Projects supported by Sigma2 for the use of HPC or storage resources will be charged for these services according to the following price list:
|2022: Research projects with resources granted by the RFK (~)||Research projects in need of dedicated resources or with special needs (~~)|
|Storage per TB per year||1000||2000|
|Backup per TB per year||400||800|
|HPC per CPU hour||0||0,14|
(~) If the price model above will give you expenses you consider unreasonable compared to what you have paid before, please contact us at email@example.com.
(~~) Non-commercial projects with extraordinary needs, e.g. in terms of certain predictability for allocations within a specific timeframe, due to for instance obligations or dependencies for other services.
By applying for TSD resources you accept the prices stated here and you will receive a yearly invoice from Sigma2.
Projects participating in EU programmes will continue to be exempted from contributing. For this to be valid, projects participating in EU calls, planning to use the Sigma2 e-infrastructure need to consult with us on resource usage before the application to EU is sent. Only agreed resource usage will be exempted.
To efficiently handle your request, please provide the following information when contacting us:
- What EU programme you will apply on.
- Status on your EU application and when the deadline is.
- Period you need resources from us (from and to year is fine).
- Estimated amount of CPU-hours needed per year.
- Estimated amount of storage space per year (in terabytes).
The model is valid from 1 January 2022 with the following considerations
- Projects with existing allocations or agreement for contribution will not be affected.
- Projects with Principal Investigator (PI) from a BOTT-university will not receive any invoice from Sigma2 as their contribution is handled internally at the university. Each BOTT university will inform its projects/users about its internal policy.
- Projects with a PI who is not from a BOTT university may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if the funding situation is unclear.
In consultation with the Norwegian Research Council, Sigma2 introduced a user contribution model in June 2018. This aligns the policies for user contribution with other national research infrastructures and increases the funding base for national e-infrastructure.
Previous news items
- Status of the Sigma2 Contribution Model (Jan 2023)
- Short status update on the contribution model (Mar 2021)
- Prices for budgeting costs in applications to the Research Council (Nov 2020)
We will publish an updated document containing background information on the model and previous versions shortly.
Last updated January 2023.