Budgets are a tool for faculty to limit their service utilization. They are not retroactive, and count service fees between when they are implemented and their expiration date. Budgets are decreased when the job accounting is inserted into the main database after jobs complete, or when daily storage quotas are reported to the main database. If a budget has been exhausted - the services consumed equal or exceed the budgeted amount - the services are restricted until a new budget authorization is in place. It is possible for service consumption to exceed the budgeted amount, as OSC does not stop running jobs or estimate job costs at submission time. Overruns are dependent on the volume of work that you are running at the time your budget is exhausted. If you are sensitive to budget overruns, please monitor your utilization as you approach your budget limit (OSC will send you notifications of when we expect you to exhaust your budget) and kill running and queued jobs. You may also wish to set your budget slightly below your targeted spending. "Unlimited" budgets do not constrain utilization; service consumption is unlimited. Services may still have an expiration date, after which a new "unlimited" budget could be created.
Credits are a way for OSC to offset service fees. When OSC generates utilization statements to send to our business office, utilization over the current billing period is compared against any remaining credits to determine what fees are due for this billing period, if any, and the credit balance is reduced at that time. Credits have an expiration date, and if they are not used by that time they are voided. For certain types of credits, OSC may issue new credits for the remaining balance of voided credits. The Scholarship and Student Success credit available to Ohio Academic researchers is voided at the end of the current fiscal year. Faculty can request new Scholarship and Student Success credits for future fiscal years; details will be shared in the future.