Katana is a shared computational cluster located on campus at UNSW that has been designed to provide easy access to computational resources for groups working with non-sensitive data. With over 4000 CPU cores spread over a large number of compute nodes each with up to 1Tb of memory, Katana provides a flexible compute environment where users can run jobs that wouldn't be possible or practical on their desktop or laptop. For full details of the compute nodes including a full list see the compute node information section below.
Katana can provide a perfect training or development area before moving on to a more powerful system such as Australia's peak HPC system, Gadi, located at the National Computing Infrastructure (NCI) with the knowledge that has been gained. It can also be the perfect spot if you are uncertain if High Performance Computing is for you or with local support, node mix, long job runtimes and a wide range of software (with a special focus on the biosciences) it may be the perfect location for your research pipeline.
Account Application Process
To apply for an account you can either fill in the form at the bottom of the page or send an email to the UNSW IT Service Centre (ITServiceCentre@unsw.edu.au) giving your zID, your role within UNSW and the name of your supervisor or head of your research group.