Each Accelerator is priced based on the value that they provide to the Accelerator user.
Most accelerators are priced based on data volume, which means that, as a user, you will be charged based on the amount of data that has been processed through the Accelerator. For example, it can be based on total number of GB processed for compression, or the number of frames of video processed by a video transcoder, or the number of Images being classified by a CNN.
The prices for each accelerator are displayed on the accelerator individual pages.
Pricing based on data volume is the best billing event for an accelerator as, in a way, measuring time it takes an accelerator to process a workload, is kind of like measuring its "inefficiency".
Also, pricing an accelerator based on time provides the accelerator user with a predictable cost for the acceleration function performed. For example, as a user, you know precisely how much the transcoding of your 3h movie is going to cost you.
Some accelerators have several features that may or may not be used. When some specific features are not used, there is no reason for you, as a user, to pay for it, and therefore when it is the case, the price listed will reflect this flexibility.
For example, an accelerator that compresses files and has the ability to work with encrypted data may have a price per GB of data being compressed and a price per GB of data being decrypted/encrypted. When processing files that are not encrypted, the final price will only be the price of the compression engine. When processing files that are encrypted, the final price will be the sum of the compression engine and the encryption/decryption engine.
This is another advantage of data based pricing, as such a flexibility would not be possible with an accelerator priced based on time.
The behavior will depend on whether you have turned your free account into a paid account (meaning you have entered a valid credit card).
In case of a free account (no credit card being entered), you will not be able to operate any accelerator until you either enter your credit card information or you reach the end of the current billing period and enter a new billing period with another 1,000 free coins to be used.
In case you have entered your credit card information, the AccelStore accelerators will continue operating without changes, and a charge will be put on your credit card at the end of the billing period corresponding to your total monthly coins consumption minus the free coins.
At the end of each billing period, Accelize will report the total amount of coins you used during the past month, deduct the amount of free coins allocated to you for the month (10,000 for the first month, 1,000 every subsequent month) and will charge your credit card accordingly.
The billing period correspond to the month within which a certain amount of accelerators are consumed.
The first billing period starts on the date the AccelStore account is created, and ends exactly 1 month after the account creations
Each subsequent billing period ends on the monthly anniversary date of the account creation. For example an account created on January 10th will have its first bill issued on February 9th and subsequent bills issues on the 9th of every month.