In order to prevent abuse of these tools (e.g increasing the priority of all your jobs or extending your running job to 12 months), they come with a built-in cost and some limits on their use.
A project pays for boosting jobs with "tokens". A project automatically receives as many tokens per month as its monthly allocation of core hours. New tokens are created daily. Just as core hours, you must "use them or lose them", a project can never have more tokens on hand than its monthly allocation. Tokens cannot be sold, traded etc. Tokens are only used by the nsc-boost-* commands.
All members of a project share the same token pool.
All commands have a
--show-cost option that let's you check the cost of a command before actually running it.