VMs/Cloud

NeCTAR offers eResearch infrastructure in four key areas:

  • Research Cloud
  • Virtual Laboratories
  • eResearch Tools
  • A secure and robust hosting service – the National Servers Program

The research cloud is a computing resource for all Australian researchers. If offers virtual machines where researchers can develop and deploy applications and collaborate in a uniform environment with controlled sharing of data.

Get service

To apply for research cloud access now, e.g. to set up and run a virtual machine, researchers should log in and complete an allocation request via the NeCTAR Dashboard.

NeCTAR provide user guides and support for users here.

Users who require a customised set up, or who fail to get access to the research cloud through the dashboard, are welcome to apply to QCIF directly for an allocation. We are happy to discuss your requirements.

QRIScloud – Virtual machines / research cloud explained

The NeCTAR component of QRIScloud will eventually become a national centre for new information-centric research capabilities. It will significantly simplify the combining of data, computing, and analysis applications, and enable the development of research workflows based on access to multiple resources. The research cloud will provide an open, robust and scalable platform for researchers to deploy, share and manage their research applications.  Building from current data-intensive computing for genomics, and for the ecology research and characterisation communities, QRIScloud will support NeCTAR Virtual Laboratories and Research Tools in these areas.  It will extend the application of its expertise to other fields to develop and support cross-institution and cross-disciplinary collaboration, providing access to applications and facilities for data-intensive “connected researchers” in a broad range of disciplines.
Getting a VM– the process (non-standard)

  • Researcher logs in to the NeCTAR dashboard and fills in an allocation request. QCIF’s team of eResearch Analysts can help you complete your application. Your application will be emailed to NeCTAR for initial assessment.
  • See the NeCTAR pages for what happens next.

Not sure if the cloud is for you? Talk to QCIF’s team of eResearch Analysts about how the cloud can help you with your research.

QCIF will manage the node to ensure it is sustainable well beyond the life of the initial NeCTAR project.

QRIScloud

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Based in Queensland, QRIScloud offers researchers large-scale cloud computing and data storage services.  Its role is to stimulate and accelerate the use of computing by researchers across all disciplines.

QRIScloud lets researchers compute using large virtual clusters, host web services, store even very large research datasets, share existing data collections across research communities, and collaborate more easily with other researchers nationally and internationally, whether in government, academia or industry.

QRIScloud is part of a federally-funded, national network of research computing infrastructure designed to provide researchers with access to high-speed, high-capacity computing services.   QRIScloud is managed by QCIF and jointly operated through The University of Queensland and James Cook University. To access QRIScloud services, such as setting up data storage, or launching virtual machines, please contact QCIF.

QRIScloud enables institutions to focus on their key research, knowing that compute power is readily available and that datasets generated by their researchers are stored in a safe and easily accessible location.

Using QRIScloud, researchers can:

•    Share datasets with collaborators worldwide
•    Manage and control access to their data collections
•    Leverage data collections stored in state and national RDSI nodes
•    Integrate access to Queensland-based HPC facilities and specialised cloud services
•    Access virtual labs with national communities
•    Launch on-demand computation
•    Host web services
•    Access and use a wide range of existing eResearch services, tools and applications.

To find out how QRIScloud can support your research, visit the QRIScloud site

 

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Services

QCIF offers a range of eResearch services to help researchers tackle real-world challenges:

QRISCloud

Based in Queensland, QRIScloud offers researchers large-scale cloud computing and data storage services.  Its role is to stimulate and accelerate the use of computing by researchers across all disciplines.

QRIScloud lets researchers compute using large virtual clusters, host web services, store even very large research datasets, share existing data collections across research communities, and collaborate more easily with other researchers nationally and internationally, whether in government, academia or industry.

Find out more about QRIScloud


High Performance Computing

QCIF operates high performance computers across the major Queensland universities available to researchers upon obtaining an account.

barrine           nationalci        tier3 hpc


Research Tools

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