Condo Details

Condo program details

Condo computing is a shared ownership model in which researchers use equipment purchase funds from grants or other sources to purchase and contribute compute servers (i.e., nodes) to the system. The result is a researcher-owned computing resource of medium to large proportions that provides access to much larger configurations than each participant purchased individually.

Under the TSCC condo program, researchers use equipment purchase funds to buy compute (CPU or GPU) nodes that will be operated as part of the cluster. Participating researchers may then have dedicated use of their purchased nodes, or they may run larger computing jobs by sharing idle nodes owned by other researchers. The main benefit is access to a much larger cluster than would typically be available to a single lab.

Participation in the program runs nominally for five years (the duration of equipment warranty). 

Compute resources available for purchase

The following tables summarize the CPU and GPU nodes that are available for purchase in the year 2022-2023 to participate in the TSCC condo program. Our approved vendors are Dell and Supermicro.  Please be aware that costs and configurations are subject to change.

CPU Nodes
CPU model CPU quantity Memory1 Estimated Cost
Intel Xeon Gold 6354 (Ice Lake) 18-core 3GHz 2 256 GB (7GB/core) $11,000
Intel Xeon Platinum 8358 (Ice Lake) 32-core 2.6GHz 2 1 TB (15GB/core) $16,000
GPU Nodes2
GPU model GPU memory GPU quantity CPU model CPU quantity Memory1 Estimated Cost
NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB 8 Intel Xeon Silver 4314 16-core 2.4 GHz 2 256 GB $40,000

1 Memory size can be increased or decreased based on the requirements. Price will vary accordingly.
2 Other GPU types will be added based on demand. Please contact us if you are looking to purchase a different model of GPU.

The above node costs are estimates; actual prices will vary with market conditions.

A one-time infrastructure fee per node is required to cover the purchase of shared components (racks, network switches, cables, etc.). Researchers also pay a monthly operations fee for each of their purchased nodes. This fee covers labor to maintain the system, utilities, software licenses and other maintenance costs.

ServiceUnitUC RateExternal Rate
System Setup Fee (covers racks, switches, cables, etc.)Installation$2,126$3,038
Condo CPU Operations Fee (per purchased node) for UCSD Participants3Node/year$495N/A
Condo GPU Operations Fee (per purchased node) for UCSD Participants3Node/year$1120N/A
Condo CPU Operations Fee (per purchased node) for non-UCSD ParticipantsNode/year$2736$4240
Condo GPU Operations Fee (per purchased node) for non-UCSD ParticipantsNode/year$3363$5213

3Currently for UCSD participants, a portion of the Condo Operations Fee is subsidized by the UCSD Administration and SDSC. Researchers from other UC campuses may be eligible for similar subsidies from their administrations as well.


Typically five years with next business day on-site service. At the end of the period, participants must take possession or surplus their equipment. Obtaining any enclosures, switches, cables, and other ancillary components necessary to make removed nodes operational in a new location is the responsibility of the research group.

Time-sharing on condo nodes

Each year, condo cluster participants will receive an allocation of cluster computing time proportional to the capacity of their purchased nodes. This amount is based on 24x365 usage of the purchased node allowing for 3% maintenance downtime.  Unused computing time expire at the end of each year.

Condo jobs that require cores less than or equal to their purchased nodes are guaranteed to start within eight hours of submission. Jobs that extend to other participants’ condo nodes have an eight–hour time limit. Beyond 8 hours, the jobs are subjected to immediate preemption if the nodes where they are running are needed to run higher–priority jobs.


Please refer to the TSCC User Guide for further information on node usage, queues and time limits.

Joining the condo program

Please email TSCC User Support and provide your:

  • Name
  • Contact Information
  • Academic Institution or Industry
  • Affiliation (faculty, post-doc, grad student, etc.)
  • Brief description of your research and any software applications you plan to use
  • Number of nodes (and the type of nodes) you plan to purchase
  • Estimated number of users

We will contact you to get you a refreshed quote from the vendor and clarify any questions you may have about the TSCC program.