Get an Account

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for the use of HPC infrastructure, including Barrine and the National Computational Infrastructure (scroll down for NCI account instructions)

High performance computing facilities are located at each of the QCIF member partners. If you are a staff member or student at QUT, Griffith, JCU, CQU, or USQ, please contact your local HPC/eResearch department initially:

HPC@QUT
    HPC@Griffith   HPC@JCU   HPC@CQU   HPC@USQ

The main QCIF HPC facility (Barrine) is located at UQ. It is also available to staff and research students at the QCIF member universities.

This is how you get an account on Barrine:

You are a researcher with a UQ login and email: You are a researcher without a UQ
login and email

  • Send an email with the subject “HPC account request – with UQ login” to
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include your contact details and a short description of your project
  • If your request is approved, an HPC account will be created for you. Your access details will be provided in a return email
  • Send an email with the subject
    “HPC account request – without UQ login” to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include your contact details and a short description of your project
  • If your request is approved, a form will be emailed to you. It will allow you to get a UQ identity
  • Submit the completed form to the
    UQ ITS Service Centre (the details are on the form)
  • A UQ identity will be created for you and an email will be sent to you with the information
  • Login with your UQ identity to www.uqconnect.net/password and reset your password

The Barrine facility website provides details about how to use the HPC facility.

After you have obtained an HPC account you are free to use and experiment with the facility.

It is important that the HPC usage is shared fairly, so if you become a significant user, we will contact you and request that you provide a project proposal. Each user, however, needs to set up an account first.

Get an account on the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)

NCI

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Get an account on the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)

QCIF holds a share of the NCI facility. 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.

The application for resource on the NCI is found here. At the bottom of the page you wil be required to fill in a New Project form. Please note that in the second field (Scheme/Partner), you need to select QCIF from the drop-down menu.

Important: This how-to document is an excellent guide to the application process, so please consult it carefully, especially if you are a first-time user. Also take a look at the NCI FAQ

See here for the full QCIF NCI share allocation policy

 

For Researchers

In a research world increasingly dominated by ICT, QCIF can help you with the computational, data storage, and software needs of your project/s. We take care of the technical side of things so you can get on with making fast, stress-free discoveries.

  • If you are a researcher in need of extra computing capacity, get a free QCIF account to use our supercomputing facilities.
  • Need to communicate with colleagues in different states, or even across town? Take a look at our free video collaboration facilities
  • Got a big research project and need help with project management? Graham Chen, our eResearch expert can help: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Drowning in an ocean of data? Our QRIScloud will help you back to dry land
  • Need a partner to support your grant application? We have helped research groups with eResearch, tools & infrastructure grants. Contact Graham Chen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have dedicated eResearch staff located at UQ, QUT, and JCU to assist researchers and projects.

We are in the unique position of being able to draw on a network of state and national collaborative resources. These allow us to provide Queensland researchers with a full suite of eResearch services.

HPC

HPC@UQ       HPC@QUT      HPC@Griffith      HPC@JCU      HPC@CQU      HPC@USQ

The term high performance computing (HPC) is a term usually associated with computing used for the purpose of scientific research. HPC uses parallel clusters of supercomputers – computers with the highest processing capacity for super fast calculation speeds.

Supercomputers are used in situations where data sets are too large to be run on common desktop PCs and software applications. The supercomputers are clustered so that two or more computers can serve a single source, thus improving performance and providing redundancy in case of system failure.

QCIF machines are available to researchers across all scientific fields and disciplines but are most commonly used in the areas of engineering, medicine, manufacturing, and resource management.

HPC and research support services are available to all staff and students and are designed to enhance research outcomes and productivity in the following areas:

  • High speed computation, including the use of high performance supercomputing systems
  • Visualisation tools that allow scientific, engineering and other data sets to be transformed into 2D/3D visual representations
  • Programming support for research applications, including code paralellisation and optimisation
  • Statistics and data modelling

Get an account on the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)