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Faculty Computing Allowances


Thanks to strategic support from campus leadership, the SRDC Platform provides a baseline amount of capacity at no cost to campus researchers via the Faculty Computing Allowance (FCA). As with other RTL services, researchers will be able to use grants or other funds to add compute and storage capacity to the system for their projects, and excess capacity will be made available to other researchers (i.e., the “Condo Model”). Please email us for more information.


  • Core Hour: The use of a single processor core for one hour of wall-clock time.
  • Service Unit (SU): One SU is equivalent to one “core hour”: that is, the use of one processor core, for one hour of wall-clock time, on one of SRDC’s standard, current generation compute nodes. For more information, please see the documentation page for Savio Service Units.


High-Performance Computing (HPC) Virtual Machine (VM)
150K HPC Service Units (SU) per year. SRDC Virtual Machines will be sized according to the needs of the project, up to 16 cores and 128GB RAM. More RAM may be available under special circumstances. Utilization of VM environments will be monitored, with a maximum of 150K core hours per year.

Researchers are eligible for any combination of either SRDC service with their allocation of core hours (150K). If the annual allocation is used up within a year, projects can purchase additional SUs. At the end of the year, faculty can apply to renew their accounts with another 150K SU Faculty Allocation. Researchers needing more compute capacity are encouraged to consider the SRDC Condo Program.

Faculty Allocation for Storage
Storage allocations for project data will be sized according to the needs of the project, generally in three tiers (small = 500GB, medium = 5TB, large = 15TB. Research projects can also use the working scratch space. Scratch is subject to a purge policy, with a quota of 12TB per project. Larger allocations of storage may be available, subject to space availability, via MOU. Please contact us at for a consultation.