QCIF National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Share Allocation Policy

QCIF has invested in a partner share at the National Computation Infrastructure (NCI). This entitles QCIF members to access the NCI National Facility (NCI NF) and use about 3.4 million service units annually (SU, a service unit, is approximately one CPU hour).

Queensland researchers can use the NCI NF either by applying directly to NCI for a MAS (merit allocation scheme) allocation of time on the HPC facility or by applying for an allocation from QCIF’s partner share.

Full policy here

QCIF privacy policy

This document sets out the way in which Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation Ltd (QCIF) ACN 094 639 406 (we, us, our) collects, uses, stores and discloses your Personal Information.  

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End User Licence Agreement for the QCIF RDSI Node






QERN (the QCIF Early Research Node) is a 400TB/300 CPU core system being built by QCIF to prototype two key federal government initiatives, NeCTAR and ReDS (RDSI).  NeCTAR provides servers to researchers; RDSI provides researchers with data storage and management mechanisms. QERN is being built by QCIF to enable the Queensland research community and QCIF member universities to gain experience in using and managing Research Cloud services (NeCTAR), and RDSI services, before the official release of these services. 

Key project deliverables;

  • Train QCloud Team for running the infrastructure required for the research cloud
  • Establish an RDSI-like and NeCTAR-like Cloud for early adopters to explore
  • Help Queensland researchers migrate to cloud environments

The service is expected to be available to early adopters by the end of May 2012.

If you are a Queensland researcher interested in getting your project on QERN, please contact Graham Chen.

  • More information about NeCTAR
  • More information about RDSI



Established in 2000, the QCIF membership currently comprises six of the Queensland public universities as full members, and one as associate member:

the-university-of-queensland-australia     The University of Queensland

queensland-university-of-technology      The Queensland University of Technology

griffith-university        Griffith University

james-cook-university-australia          James Cook University

cq-university-thumb                Central Queensland University

usq homepage       The University of Southern Queensland

thumb-university-of-the-sunshine-coast-queensland-australia            Associate member: The University of the Sunshine Coast




Video collaboration service

QCIF operates a large-format video collaboration system based on Access Grid which enables communication among dispersed groups and allows group-to-group and multi-group two-way video and sound. Meetings can be between two locations – or can have more than a dozen different sites attending. It can be used on a personal basis but is particularly well-suited to larger installations requiring more advanced audio/video capabilities that are needed for large groups.

System benefits include:

  • Audio control includes a mixer for balancing sound levels amongst meeting participants
  • Video and audio services are highly configurable, allowing rapid switching between optimal configurations for different usage requirements
  • Network traffic can make use of multicast capability (or unicast)
  • Connection to EVO-based facilities is available via a communications bridge
  • Desktop Streaming allows sharing of presentations, documents, web pages and computer program displays for enhanced collaboration
  • Shared files for easy data transmission during a meeting
  • Shared control via virtual network computing
  • Text chat within a meeting for instant written communication
  • Configurable for low-bandwidth use
  • Remote maintenance of operations


Most modern hardware should perform adequately for a modest Access Grid node, such as a single or few-user installation, where a single high-grade machine may prove sufficient. As with many applications which involve video acquisition and display, the more RAM and the higher grade the machine's video card/s, the better. For larger room sizes – which may require multiple cameras and microphones, as well as three (or more) displays – it is recommended to use multiple machines to take care of the displays and audio and video capture services.
There are more than 30 Access Grid nodes in Australia and more than 200 around the world. Queensland universities with dedicated AccessGrid rooms and technical support include UQ, QUT, CQU, and JCU.

UQ AccessGrid room booking and support
QUT AccessGrid room booking and support
CQU AccessGrid room booking and support
JCU AccessGrid room booking and support

Looking for AccessGrid node info outside of Queensland? There are over 300 nodes around the world. Read more