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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the classification for Cluster, Bundle or Fabrications?

In order for a purchase to be classified as a "cluster" all the following criteria must be met:

  1. Combined units work together as parallel computing units.
  2. The units are being clustered to serve a specific purpose in a research environment
  3. A clear, documented justification memo attached to requisition at the time of acquisition indicating the reason for use/acquisition as a cluster.
  4. Cluster must be kept working together for a minimum of three years.


In order for a purchase to be classified as a "Bundle" all the following criteria must be met:

  1. The departments acquiring bundled systems, such as multimedia computers or workstations, using multiple vendors must fill out the Capital Asset Management Tab on eMarket and must reference this number on all orders.
  2. The requisition must be noted with an explanation if there are accessories listed in the purchase order that do not meet the University's capital equipment definition, a directive detailing as to how these separate components will be bundled into a distinctly identifiable equipment unit must be provided to ensure all items are related to the bundled system being purchased.


In order for a purchase to be classified as a "Fabrication" all the following criteria must be met:

  1. The fabricated equipment is being constructed and developed at the University by combining discrete components and/or materials into one identifiable unit.
  2. All components must work as one unit.  The finished fabrication must have a unit cost of $5,000 or greater and a useful life of one year or more.
  3. The Departments acquiring accessories or upgrades for fabrications must fill out the Capital Asset Management Tab on eMarket  and enter the Asset/Tag number of the item being fabricated when placing the order.

 

Categories: Equipment Acquisition