High Performance Computing (HPC) uses specialist systems with large amounts of cores (CPU/GPU), lots of memory, fast interconnects and fast storage. They are mainly designed for intensive parallel processing workloads.
The Research Technology Services group provides access to, and support for, a range of HPC systems including the UNSW shares of National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and local shared cluster Katana.
UNSW Shares at NCI
How to apply
Katana is our shared system and provides 35 Million SU per year. It is free to use by UNSW researchers and also has a buy-in model where additional compute “blades” can be purchased by research groups.
We are providing UNSW researchers for 2018 with about 100m SU (compute core hours) on Raijin@NCI and to a small part on Magnus@Pawsey. Different schemes are available. Which should you use?
- Big HPC users (>400 kSU/year) are encouraged to apply under NCMAS and supplement with one or more of the other schemes.
- Normal HPC users should normally use the UNSW scheme.
- Users who apply outside the normal application period should apply under the UNSW or Intersect scheme.
- Users who need access to other machines than Raijin (Magnus or Massive) should apply via NCMAS.
Are there attribution policies that I should be aware of when I use any of these systems?
- Intersect - The attribution policy is available at http://intersect.org.au/attribution-policy.
- NCI - The attribution policy is available at http://nci.org.au/about-nci/our-role/how-to-acknowledge-nci.
- UNSW Scheme - Any papers should have the following citation added "I acknowledge Research Technology Services at UNSW Sydney for supporting this project with [compute, storage, consulting] resources".
- Katana - Any papers should have the following citation added "This paper includes results produced on the computational cluster Katana at UNSW Sydney".