In 2013, the resources which are available through the NCMAS comprise infrastructure which has been funded by
- the Australian Government through NCRIS (NCI National Facility and Specialised Facilities) and Super Science (Pawsey Centre and Climate HPC Centre) programs administered by the Department of Innovation Industry, Science, Research, and Tertiary Education, with operations and services funded by the major partners of collaborations which underpin these services.
- the Victorian Government, which has established the Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative.
Some information on each facility is provided below, with more information available via the links in the left column.
|NCI National Facility systems||Supported under the NCI Collaboration Agreement (ANU, CSIRO, BoM, GA, Intersect and QCIF) and an ARC Multi-Institutional Agreement (ANU, Adelaide, Monash, UNSW, Queensland, and Sydney)
For 2013, NCI will provide to the NCMAS 15% of its new Fujitsu Primergy petascale system with a peak performance of 1.2 PFlops. The Fujitsu cluster has 57,454 cores (Intel Sandy Bridge 2.6 GHz), 158 TBytes of memory, and 10 PBytes of (usable) short-term storage. Access to the current peak system, vayu (Sun Constellation cluster), will be available for some months from the beginning of 2013, until users have transitioned to the Fujitsu system, after which it will be decommissioned.
|iVEC@Murdoch Supercomputer Cluster and iVEC@UWA GPU accelerated cluster||Supported by CSIRO, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia, and the State Govt of Western Australia
For 2013, iVEC will contribute 15% of its two facilities -- the iVEC@Murdoch supercomputer called Epic and the iVEC@UWA GPU-accelerated system called Fornax. This equates to:
|NCI Specialised Facility Bioinformatics||Supported by the University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland Cyberinfrastructure Foundation (QCIF), Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB), CSIRO and NCI.
The NCI-SF Bioinformatics seeks
applications from Bioinformaticians and Computational Biologists, and will
contribute 32% of its HPC facility (8,760,000 core hours). Its associated
support team will provide HPC and Bioinformatics consultancy services.
|MASSIVE - NCI Specialised Facility Imaging and Visualisation||Monash University, Australian Synchrotron, VPAC, CSIRO and NCI
The Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE) is a specialised Australian HPC facility for computational imaging and visualization. The facility caters primarily to two types of users:
|VLSCI||The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) will provide 15% of its Blue Gene/Q supercomputer's compute capacity to the National Merit Scheme. The Blue Gene/Q comprises 65,536 PowerPC based 1.6GHz compute cores delivering a theoretical peak performance of 840 teraFLOPS. Technical and software support from VLSCI can only be for life science activities. Approval of an application to use the Blue Gene/Q does not guarantee that software requested in the application will be available.|