In this page, the "point" under the shared use mode is explained as well as how it is used.

What is point?

Under the shared use mode, the amount of computational resources is managed and controlled on the basis of "point". Thanks to this point system, users are not required to complete applications for each node type, meaning that just one application allows you to use every type of nodes. points consumed on each node type is measured as follows.

Point consumption = Node-hours x Consumption coefficient x Seasonal coefficient x Fuel coefficient


The words are described in detail below.



1 node-hour = the computational resource amount of 1 hour computation using 1 node. In the case that you have 30 node-hours, it means that you can have one-hour computation using 30 nodes or three-hour computation using 10 nodes, etc...
Node-hours is calculated as follows.

Node-hours = Number of nodes x Computing time(unit:hour)


Please see below for the details of node-hour.
Node-hour in shared use

Consumption coefficient

Consumption coefficient is the static number set based on power consumption on each node.


    Node type high-priority normal-priority share
    General purpose CPU node 0.3746 0.2998 0.2248
    GPU node 2.2934 1.8348 1.3762
    Vector node 1.4140 1.1312 0.8484


Seasonal coefficient

Seasonal coefficient is the number set based on utilization situation on each node type in the previous fiscal year. The purpose of introducing this coefficient is to better improve off-season utilization and then alleviate peak-time congestion. For example, if you run a job when the seasonal coefficient is 0.8, the amount of SQUID point's consumption is 20 percent lower than usual. It is set between 0 to 1, so the cost never becomes higher than usual. We will disclose annual seasonal coefficient here at the beginning of April in order to make it easy for users to lay calculation plan.


    We set "1" as Seasonal coefficient in 2024.


Fuel coefficient

    We will establish "fuel coefficient" and set prices in accordance with electric rates. We will initially set it to "0.85" for 2024 fiscal year, and review it as needed throughout the year. We will notify all users separately if there are any changes.



  • Using 10 SQUID General purpose CPU nodes for 3 hours (Seasonal coefficient is 1 and Fuel coefficient is 0.85)
    10 × 3 × 0.2998 × 1 × 0.85 = 7.6449
     →7.6449 SQUID points are consumed.

  • Using 10 SQUID GPU nodes for 3 hours (Seasonal coefficient is 1 and Fuel coefficient is 0.85)
    10 × 3 × 1.8348 × 1 × 0.85 = 46.7874
     →46.7874 SQUID points are consumed.

  • Using 10 SQUID Vector nodes for 3 hours (Seasonal coefficient is 1 and Fuel coefficient is 0.85)
    10 × 3 × 1.1312 × 1 × 0.85 = 28.8456
     →28.8456 SQUID points are consumed.


      Node-hour you can use in 0.1 million JPY course (1,000 points) is as follows:

      SQUID Consumption coefficient Seasonal coefficient Fuel coefficient Node-hour
      General purpose CPU node 0.2998 1 0.85 3,924 node-hours
      GPU node 1.8348 641 node-hours
      Vector node 1.1312 1,040 node-hours

      This guide is the case that you consume all 1,000 SQUID points in single node type. Of course, you can select a node type you want by the job.


How to Check Resource Usage

Please use usage_view command. This command shows the information of node-hours consumed by the user and the user's group. Also, disk usage are displayed. The detail is available from "How to Check Resource Usage".

How to Check for Resource Usage (SQUID)

Usage Rule for "point"

  • Points are assigned to each group. Points cannot be shared by individual users.
  • After consuming all Points, it is impossible to submit / run a job request. As to a computation that is already running, it will finish without being suspended.
  • In the case that a job execution is suspended due to system trouble, the points will not be consumed. If this case occurs, we will contact you.