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Not-In-Budget: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Christopher G. Willard, Ph.D.
for Intersect360 Research (originally published under the Tabor Research name)
May 1, 2007

Tabor Research surveyed the High Productivity Computing user community to complete its first Site Budget Allocation Map, a look at how HPC users divide and spend their HPC budgets. We surveyed users on their spending in seven top-level categories: hardware, software, facilities, staffing, services, utility computing, and other. Each category was further divided into constituent subcategories, resulting in 25 unique items included in the analysis.

For any item or category, the respondent had the ability to reply "not in budget" (NIB), meaning that payment for that item or category would not come out of the HPC budget in question. In these cases, it is possible – in some cases certain – that additional money is being spent out of a different budget within the organization in support of HPC. For example, several respondents marked items in the facilities category as NIB. In these cases, it is safe to presume that power consumption is paid for by someone in the organization, but that these costs do not come out of the HPC budget.

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