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In order to make use of CCB cluster, you will need the following:

  • User account
  • Storage space

User Accounts

Current members of the University of Oxford may apply for a CCB HPC account

There are three types of user accounts:

Principal Investigator (PI) Account assumes responsibility for a group of users, usually people within their research group and collaborators and also one or more project spaces. 

To help PIs manage their usage of the CCB HPC Facility, PI accounts receive regular status reports about:

  • Associated users
  • Project Space quota usage
  • Access permissions granted

In order to use JADE, each person will need to have their own user account:

Full Account is a type of account that is given access to all of our base resources, including a home directory and the ability to submit jobs to batch system. It is associated with a PI Account so that its usage is billed annually until the end of use.

Temporary Account is a type of account that is given access to our resources like a Full Account. It is associated with a PI account for the initial billing. This account type is limited by 3 months of use and it can be extended for additional 3 month periods, or upgraded to Full Account if desired.

Storage Space

In the CCB cluster, there are two types of storage space:

Project Space is a storage space backed by a high performance distributed storage system designated for a research project. Each Project Space is billed according to the requested storage quota, minimal of 1 TB, and in increments of 1 TB. A Project Space is associated with a PI Account so that its usage is billed annually.  

Home Directory is a storage space associated with a Full Account or a Temporary Account. It has a predefined size (currently 10 GB). It is for storing procedural scripts only and cannot be increased.

WIMM Keep Archive Storage

In addition to our high performance storage, you are recommended to acquire additional storage space to archive of your research result: https://gatekeeper.imm.ox.ac.uk

Charges

For the fiscal year ending 31st July 2024, the amount payable is summarised as follows:

Type

Starts on Aug

Starts on Nov

Starts on Feb

Starts on May

Temporary Account (each)

£150 for 3 months

Full Account (each)

£500.00

£375.00

£250.00

£125.00

Project Spaces (TB)

£90.00

£67.50

£45.00

£22.50

CPU core hours

Currently complimentary

GPU card hours

Currently complimentary

Effective from 1st August 2024, the amount payable is summarised as follows:

Type

Starts on Aug

Starts on Nov

Starts on Feb

Starts on May

Temporary Account (each)

£165 for 3 months

Full Account (each)

£550.00

£412.50

£275.00

£137.50

Project Spaces (TB)

£105.00

£78.75

£52.50

£26.25

CPU core hours

Currently complimentary

GPU card hours

Currently complimentary

WIMM Keep Charges: https://gatekeeper.imm.ox.ac.uk.

Getting Access

For new Project Spaces, the PI will need to submit the first form

  • Acquire, reactivate, or extend a User Account:

                        i.         Create a PO for the required value

                       ii.         Fill in the CCB Account Application Form

                      iii.         Submit the form to help@imm.ox.ac.uk

  • Provision, or expand a Project Storage:

                        i.         Create a PO for the required value

                       ii.         Fill in the CCB Project Application Form

                      iii.         Submit the form to help@imm.ox.ac.uk

For all other requests, the Project Space owner (usually the PI) should email help@imm.ox.ac.uk