ARC offers classroom use of high-performance computing (HPC) cluster resources for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each course is allocated $100 per student of the compute resources on the Great Lakes High-Performance Computing Cluster.


Support is $100, per student, per semester. Contact ARC for multi-semester courses to receive the funding up front. The $100 account is based on the class roster provided by the faculty, and not the number of Great Lakes accounts created. The ARC Help Desk will help you determine your needs.

These examples may help illustrate the allocation model:

  • Example 1: If a course has 30 students for the semester, the course will be allocated $3,000.
  • Example 2: If a course is offered more than once a year with different rosters, a new account will be created for each term, but not each section. E.g., If there are 10 students in a fall semester course, and 10 different students in the winter course, the course each term will be allocated $1,000.
  • Example 3: If there is a class with five students, and the course runs in both the fall and winter with the same roster, the course will be allocated $1,000 and last both semesters.

Funding will be given as a lump sum to the class account to allocate by individual or team, at the instructor’s discretion.

Limits should be set at the user level. Course instructors can determine student consumption, i.e., it does not need to be equal across students and can be used to support individual, group, or major project work. There can be restrictions on runtime, cores, and memory to reduce spending by students. The fewer resources a user can request the less a job will cost. If class computation requirements exceed its limits, another account can be created with a shortcode to supplement the “no cost” academic account. If you have any questions, please email Learn about the examples of the limits that can be set.

Exclusions: Courses that are not “classic courses” with instruction, syllabi, assignments, and grading are excluded currently. This course, for example, would not be eligible: graduate thesis courses such as BIOSTAT995 Dissertation Research For Doctorate In Philosophy. In addition courses that reflect faculty lead research will be excluded.

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To request a course account, please contact with the course number and name.

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Email with any questions about the applicability of HPC resources for your course.