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.
We run an HPC system called Edward (after King Edward of Wessex):
- nearly 900 cores, including GPU capability and several dedicated research project queues
- free for research activity. No longer accepting account applications (due to be retired late 2016).
- training available
Edward is getting old and is being replaced by a new system called Spartan:
Spartan is operational now, 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 (56GigE) and storage
- Also capable of bursting onto the research cloud to quickly expand or contract when needed
- 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:
|Edward & 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 Edward and Spartan. You can use this to request assistance, new software for the cluster or a password reset.
HPC Helpdesk – firstname.lastname@example.org