ECM Faculty Focus
National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) provides Australian researchers with access to world-class high-end computing services.
NCI is the successor to the successful National Facility Program of APAC (Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing). NCI was established in 2007 under the NCRIS Platforms for Collaboration program, through an agreement between the Australian National University (ANU) and the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
During 2009, the facilities at the NCI National Facility have been substantially upgraded. The facilities available for 2010 are:
- Sun Constellation with 11,936 cores and having a peak speed of 140 Tflops,
- SGI Altix XE 1300 with 1,248 cores and a peak speed of around 15 Tflops.
Merit Allocation Resources are provided for by Commonwealth (NCRIS) funding. Accordingly, researchers granted access under this scheme are not charged by NCI for the resources provided. For 2010, the value of these resources on the peak system is approximately $0.12 per core hour, an amount which can be stated as an in-kind contribution to other research granting bodies (e.g., ARC).
Applying for access
Closing date: November 9, 2009
Application form: on the website
Advice and Support
Assistance in completing the forms may be obtained from staff of the NCI National Facility (NF) who are also available to discuss the suitability of NF systems and their environment to the proposed project. NCI NF staff are also available to assist with the installation and optimisation of programs and other software.
NCI National Facility Leonard Huxley Building (56) Australian National University Canberra ACT 0200
Tel: (02) 6125 3437
Debbie Thackray / [email protected] / 64884765