The projected costs for CPUs in the year 1999 are difficult to estimate. To give a cost estimates for the first stage data processing farm we assume that our model CPU ( e.g. Digital's ev7 ) or equivalent processors will be available in the year 2000 at about the same price as Digital's highest performing CPU of today. Under this assumption the total cost for the CPU farm will be about 1.2 MCHF. For the peripherals a cost estimate is even more difficult. The total cost for the offline computing will be of the order of 2.0 MCHF. This costs for the computing farm and it's maintenance will be shared among the participating institutes. The use of already existing infrastructure in case of a centrally operated farm would help to reduce this costs.
The cost for the recording media will add about 500 kCHF/year to the running cost of the experiment.