Organization and Model
TSC is organized in a membership model based upon cluster node purchase and subsequent at-cost annual operating fees. TSC membership is open to higher education institutions, research laboratories, businesses, government, and other Tulsa area entities. Members join TSC by purchasing an allocation of one or more compute nodes. Although the nodes are centrally purchased, managed, housed, and owned by OII/TSC, these purchases are funded by the members to whom they are allocated. The majority of the infrastructure, including the space, power and cooling equipment, and networking equipment are funded by OII through private philanthropic contributions and through a completed Economic Development Administration grant (EDA #080104715, “Tulsa Community Supercomputer,” $800,000).
Dedicated membership is open to academic, corporate, and government entities needing high performance computational capabilities. Dedicated memberships are purchased through a Shared Use Agreement, separate from these policies. The cost structure of a Dedicated Membership is as follows:
- One time activation cost per dedicated node (dependent on node type and purchase year) – approximately at-cost charge to introduce a new node to the system
- Annual operations fee per dedicated node (dependent on node type and purchase year) – approximately at-cost charge to fund operations of the Tandy Supercomputing Center
- Annual reserve fee per dedicated node (dependent on node type and purchase year) – hold-back to fund rolling infrastructure upgrades on longer term cycles as needed
Furthermore, due to the inexorable obsolescence cycle of computing hardware, after at least 3 years of operations OII reserves the right to require the retirement of nodes that have exceeded their useful life span. Replacement of those nodes will require the payment of an additional activation fee.
Tulsa Research Partners (TRP), the research consortium overseeing TSC, governs and advises the center through the TRP Executive Council, and they have at least these dedicated computing resources in the Tandy Community Supercomputer:
|TU||35||12.04 TFLOP/s||4.5 TB|
|OSU in Tulsa||25||8.6 TFLOP/s||3.2 TB|
|OU-Tulsa||10||3.4 TFLOP/s||1.28 TB|
|TCC||2||0.7 TFLOP/s||256 GB|
|ORU||1||0.4 TFLOP/s||128 GB|
|NSU||3||1,0 TFLOP/s||384 GB|
Subject to the availability of sufficient resources on the Supercomputer, individuals, groups, businesses, and institutions may become Community Members by being granted, at no cost, metered access to the Supercomputer by TSC. Except on designated Community Nodes, such access is always subordinate to Dedicated User access. Unless otherwise arranged, such membership lasts for one calendar year.
Community Memberships are intended to support entrepreneurs, community service projects, not for profit companies, independent research labs, education, training, and other purposes that further the Tulsa community. Community Memberships are not intended to be an alternative to Dedicated Membership for those who can afford to become dedicated members and for whom Dedicated Membership is, at TSC’s discretion, reasonable and appropriate option.
However, temporary Community Memberships are considered appropriate vehicles for providing proofs of concept for businesses and other entities considering Dedicated Membership.