You are here:

Virtual Machines

CHPC operates and maintains two virtual machine farms which are available to researchers. One is for general use, and one is for researchers working with sensitive data, such as Protected Health Information (PHI). 

General VM Farm 

This primary VM farm is currently being updated and has been named Sawmill.  It is comprised of four Dell  R7425 servers:

  • 2 x AMD Epyc  7351 procs (2.4 GHz cores each, 16 cores/proc) per server
  •  Each server has  512 GB RAM
  • 2 x 40G ethernet cards

The storage is a Dell Compellent tray, with SSD for front end caching, spinning drives for storage, and an usable  capacity of 90TB 

For more information about access and allocation of the general VM farm, please see:

Pricing of General VMs:

New March 2019 : With the replacement of the VM hardware, VMs will no longer be free). The VM pricing model is based on a block sizing increment, with five different block sizes available, and the cost  based on the cost of the hardware and the number of blocks available to sell. The prices are for the warranty lifetime of the VM hardware, which was purchased with a 5 year warranty. 

Note that CHPC will offer to deploy a VM for a trial period of up to 6 months free of charge (provided that the VM does not require substantial customization).

  VM description
Blocks RAM (GB) Cores Storage (GB) Price
1 4 2 50 $475
2 8 2 100 $705
4 16 4 200 $1175
8 32 8 400 $2115
16 64 8 800 $3995

 

Additional VM storage is available, in 100GB increments, at a cost of $850/TB. 

All of the above pricing are internal rates, for University of Utah research projects. Contact CHPC at helpdesk@chpc.utah.edu for pricing for non University of Utah research funded projects.

In addition to the above pricing,  there will be additional charges for customization, beyond the base VM installation, at a rate of $75/hour.  Please work with CHPC to obtain an estimate of the cost of a VM deployment. 

Protected VM Farm

The VM farm in the new PE (Prismatic) is comprised of four Dell R730 servers, each with:

  • 24  3GHz cores (2x Intel 2687W-v4) 
  • 384GB RAM 
  • 2x 40G ethernet cards

Prismatic storage is comprised of a disk tray containing:

  • 12x 3.8TB  SSDs (not encrypted)
  • 12x 2TB self encrypting 7.2K spinning drives

Note that the PE group space can also be used in conjunction with any Prismatic VM. 

Accounting for fail-over and maintenance, this provides total usable resources of:

  • 96 3GHz cores
  • 1.1TB RAM 
  • 30TB SSD storage
  • 16TB encrypting spinning storage

Pricing of PE VMs:

Note - Pricing updated March 2019

With the replacement of the VM hardware in the PE, VMs will no longer be free, unless the project that the VM is supporting is NIH funded (since the hardware was obtained as part of a NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant). The VM pricing model is based on a block sizing increment, with five different block sizes available, and the cost  based on the cost of the hardware and the number of blocks available to sell. The prices are for the warranty lifetime of the VM hardware, which was purchased with a 5 year warranty.

Note that CHPC will offer to deploy a VM for a trial period of up to 6 months free of charge (provided that the VM does not require substantial customization).

  VM description
Blocks RAM (GB) Cores Storage (GB) Price
1 4 2 50 $630
2 8 2 100 $1025
4 16 4 200 $1810
8 32 8 400 $3380
16 64 8 800 $6525

 

By default, the storage used will be the SSD, unless the project requires the use of encrypted storage. Note that when the VM hardware is replaced, VMs for NIH funded projects will no longer be available at no cost.

Additional VM storage is available, in 100GB increments, at a cost of $1400/TB for SSD storage and $700/TB for encrypted spinning storage. 

All of the above pricing are internal rates, for University of Utah research projects. Contact CHPC at helpdesk@chpc.utah.edu for pricing for non University of Utah research funded projects.

In addition to the above pricing,  there will be additional charges for customization, beyond the base VM installation, at a rate of $75/hour.  Please work with CHPC to obtain an estimate of the cost of a VM deployment. 

Last Updated: 5/17/19