eResearch Tools and Services


A range of tools and services have been developed to enhance UNSW e-research capabilities, including, increased computation speed and improve data storage and management.

  • High Speed network for sharing/accessing services and large data sets

The UNSW network provides high speed network connections across the Kensington campus and to many of its regional campuses and dual 10Gbps network connections to the Australian Academic Research Network (AARNET).

The UNSW network has a 20Gbps core with either 1Gbps or 10Gbps network links to each building.  The number of buildings with 10Gbps connections to the campus network is increasing and specific buildings can be upgraded from 1Gbps to 10Gbps on a cost basis.

Local servers and desktops typically have 100Mb network connections but for a cost these can be upgraded to 1Gbps or 10Gbps.

For more information on the UNSW network and requests to upgrade your local environment contact the UNSW IT Service Centre (9385 1333) or fill in a UNSW Request for Works and Services.


  • The UNSW Data Archive

UNSW has developed a large data store for the storage and archiving of electronic research data for all UNSW researchers. In addition to assisting researchers with securely saving and sharing their data, the Data Archive ensures that data captured in the course of research is managed and stored according to funding body and legislative obligations.

The UNSW Data Archive has 3 petabytes of storage capacity and provides researchers and research groups with a “no-charge” long-term storage (archival) capacity with capabilities for data tagging and searching. 

The Data Archive is currently being rolled out to the Science and Medicine faculty research groups. The service will be extended to the wider UNSW researcher community including HDR (Higher Degree Research) candidates in 2016.

Use of the archive requires researchers to develop and plan for how they will structure the storage of their data. Therefore, requesting storage in the Data Archive requires the completion of a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP). The RDMP is the place where researchers can determine who will have access to their research data and describe the data being stored.   

Once storage in the Data Archive is requested and allocated via the RDMP process, access to the UNSW Data Archive is possible. The Data Archive is a browser-based service and enables users of the system to drag-and-drop files into and from spaces on the store.

More information:


  • Supporting the Hosting and Sharing of Research IT Equipment

UNSW has two primary corporate data centres one on the Kensington campus in the library tower and the other at Randwick Campus in the R1 building.  The R1 data centres is a modern data centres with both having significant environmental services.  These data centres house our corporate IT infrastructure and thus have stringent security access controls, however they can house research infrastructure where it is possible to have limited physical access to the infrastructure.  The new 1500 core Engineering computational cluster is housed in the R1 data centre..

There is also a much smaller data centre in the AGSM building that is specifically for Faculty and Research IT equipment.  This data centre has much more flexible access controls as it does not house any corporate services and is located on the Kensington campus.

For more information on accessing these data centres please contact your local Faculty IT Manager.


  • Online training courses for researchers

For training courses relevant to research and for researchers, visit the Online Training Resources page.


  • Access to Wireless Networks at Australian Universities – eduroam

UNSW is now a member of eduroam which enable UNSW staff and students to access wireless networks at other participating campuses across Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.  When you are at a campus the has an eduroam wireless network logon with your zID and as your username and your zPass as your password. For more information see


  • High Performance Computing

UNSW is a major user of high performance computing (HPC). Projects at UNSW that rely on HPC include climate change research, genomics, molecular modelling and astronomy. Details of HPC resources on campus at UNSW, along with contact details of research users and support staff, can be found here: and HPC resources off campus, of which UNSW is a consortium member and major user, include the Mclaren cluster and the Vayu national supercomputer. Details on these computers, support staff and access arrangements are available here:

Intersect has a partner share in the peak facilities at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), based at the Australian National University. Through Intersect, researchers can get access to resources at NCI. NCI’s Vayu is a distributed memory system and tends to have more available time and installed software than the state HPCs.  Vayu is a Sun Constellation Cluster with 1492 nodes, each containing 2 quad core Nehalem processors summing up to 11,936 cores. 37TB RAM and 800 TB disk space. Commissioned in 2010.

To apply for resources on NCI, researchers can apply through the Intersect website at The best contact address for HPC questions Joachim at Intersect. If you have any more questions please email him at

More information:

  • Australian Access Federation (AAF)

The Australian Access Federation provides the means of allowing a participating institution and/or a service provider to trust the information it receives from another participating institution. This provides seamless access to resources and secure communication by removing most of the roadblocks to collaboration and sharing at both the institutional and end user levels. Organisations will benefit from the AAF as it allows researchers to use their home institution Login to access a growing number of participating services and resources. Find out more about the AAF.



For more information please contact


Professor Greg Leslie

Chair eResearch Coordination Group