Assessing the cost of HPC and HTC infrastructures in Europe: The e-FISCAL cost findings

The provision of ICT services for research is increasingly considering Cloud services to complement the traditional federation of computing centres. Due to the complex funding structure and differences in the basic business model, comparing the cost-effectiveness of these options requires a new approach to cost assessment. This paper presents a cost assessment method addressing the limitations of the standard methods and the results of the study. This acts as an illustration of the kind of cost assessment issues high-utilisation rate ICT services should consider when choosing between different infrastructure options. The process and the findings including concrete metrics will be summarised and how these contribute to the discussions for evolving e-Infrastructures business models for research involving commercial services. The research is co-funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme through the e-FISCAL project (contract number RI-283449).



  • Sandra Cohen, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
  • Fotis Karagiannis, Independent Consultant, Greece (was funded by Athens University of Economics and Business for this work)
  • Matti Heikkurinen, Emergence Tech Ltd. UK
  • Kashif Iqbal, Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC), Ireland
  • Sergio Andreozzi, EGI.eu, Netherlands
  • Sy Holsinger, EGI.eu, Netherlands

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