sciCORE HPC usage fees

The following fees apply for usage of the sciCORE HPC facility 8. The cost model has been approved by the SNF and these user fees should be used in grant applications to account for core facility access cost estimates.

The University of Basel and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics are providing baseline funding, which allows sciCORE to provide basic infrastructure, training, and consulting without cost. Only services beyond this baseline are subject to usage fees (see notes below).

Usage fees as of 1.1.2021:

User affiliation

High Performance storage
(CHF/TB/year) 2

Offline storage
(Deep Storage)

CPU-hour 2

Scientific consulting and programming support
(CHF/ hour)

University of Basel 1, 2

0-100 TB (Tier 1):

>100 TB (Tier 2):

75 3

30 3,4

20 5

 < 2 million CPU-h

 > 2 million CPU-h


0.003 7

80 6

External academic collaborators (other Swiss universities and academic institutions )





80 6

Other external collaborators (e.g. collaborative research with industry or non-Swiss universities)





Please, contact us

General conditions:

(1) University of Basel pricing applies to members of the University of Basel and to users at the university hospitals in Basel (USB, UKBB, UPK, …) for research and teaching purposes. A University of Basel user account (i.e. e-mail address) is required. In all other cases, fees for External academic collaborators apply.

(2) For University of Basel groups (see also note 1), fees for storage and compute access are subsidized. No invoices are issued for small utilization of IT infrastructure (current threshold: 1’000 CHF/year, equivalent to 13 TB storage or ~143 K CPU-hours). These subsidy costs are covered by the sciCORE budget.

(3) Tiered storage is a way to assign different categories of data:

(4) Provisioning of storage is subject to availability of free capacity. For storage requirements of more than 100 TB, please contact us ahead of time for planning infrastructure extensions. In these cases, direct contributions to infrastructure investments are encouraged. For groups requiring higher storage capacity (i.e. more than 100 TB) sciCORE provides storage at reduced costs (Tier 2).

(5) Offline storage (aka Deep Storage) provides a mechanism to store large volumes of data at a cheaper price outside the main storage systems. This infrastructure is not directly connected to computational resources and is expected to have significant access latency. It is meant e.g. to preserve raw scientific data that do not need frequent access after initial processing. Offline storage is hosted by the University central IT-Services, current pricing model for two copies of 1 TB of data is 20 CHF/year. To request the transfer of your data to Deep Storage please submit a request in the user space of the sciCORE website.  

(6) For larger projects requiring extensive scientific support, programming effort, data analysis, or workflow and software development, these activities can be provided on a “fee for service” basis after mutual agreement between the research group and sciCORE.

(7) For groups requiring more than 2 millions CPU-hours per year, sciCORE provides a backfilling queue with a lower priority. This queue will accept jobs which do not exceed 6 hours of computation time. Please contact us to use the backfilling queue.

(8) For University of Basel members, fees apply since January 2019. For other external collaborators, fees apply since January 2018.

For any questions and further clarification please contact us at:

status: 2021-01-01