HPC – High Performance Computing

High Performance Computing (HPC) is a vital tool for researchers who need to perform large calculations, or many smaller calculations simultaneously.

HPC systems (often called supercomputers) are typically a cluster of computers (many processors and high-bandwidth data systems) working together. For example, instead of taking a year to calculate an answer on your desktop PC, it may provide the answer in just a few days or even hours.


Spartan is a highly flexible and capable service and has these features:

  • Cloud-based service
  • Uses a mix of virtual machines for the majority of HPC jobs, and
  • Bare-metal servers with high-speed interconnect (up to 100GigE) and storage
  • Also capable of bursting onto the research cloud to quickly expand or contract when needed
  • GPGPU capability
  • free for research activity. Click here to apply for an account
  • free training available

HPC is not just our services, but part an ecosystem of research computing platforms across the country:

Facility……… Institution
Spartan University of Melbourne
VLSCI Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative
NCI National Computational Infrastructure, ANU
MASSIVE Multi-model Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment
Pawsey Pawsey Supercomputing Centre – University of Western Australia

“Researchers have used HPC to evaluate DNA data and to compare the data from thousands of mammograms, something that would usually take hours to achieve.”

We have a dedicated helpdesk to support Spartan. You can use this to request assistance, new software for the cluster or a password reset.

HPC Helpdesk – hpc-support@unimelb.edu.au

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