Research computing

The University of Wollongong offers Partner Share access to Australia’s fastest supercomputer, Gadi, as part of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Collaboration Agreement.

There are three schemes available to UOW researchers (staff and HDR students).

  1. UOW Partner Share. In conjunction with our partner, NCI, UOW is granted an annual allocation of compute time and storage on Gadi. This serves as the university’s computational cluster and is managed by the RSO on behalf of the HPC Steering Committee.

UOW researchers are also encouraged to apply for competitive time on NCI resources:

  1. Adapter. This is offered quarterly for a maximum of 250KSU per quarter.
  2. NCMAS. This is offered once a year – deadline is generally at the beginning of October. There is a minimum of 1000KSU per year available.

Detailed information is found in this knowledge base article (for UOW staff and students only).

Access and support

For new and existing projects

  • Applications are welcome, and are governed by the UOW HPC Steering Committee.
  • Requests for access are initially reviewed by the HPC Steering Committee Chair and the Research Services Office
  • They are endorsed by the full HPC Steering Committee at meetings throughout the year
  • Proposed projects must be led by an established academic staff member (post-doc equivalent or higher)

Getting Started on Gadi

In order to get started on Gadi, it is necessary to:

Project roles and their capabilities

Researcher

Ordinary project member. Cannot alter other memberships.

Chief Investigator (CI)

Can approve and reject project membership requests. Can delete "researcher" memberships.

Delegated Lead CI

Same as CI but can also promote other members to CI role, demote CIs, and delete CI memberships. Receives email alerts for membership requests.

Lead CI Project leader

Can approve, reject, promote, and delete all project memberships. Only receives email alerts for membership requests if the project has no delegated lead CIs.


Please note: Lead CI can only have one project. For academics supervising multiple HDR students, one project can be shared among them.

For projects with HDR student members, we require that the HDR supervisor be nominated as project lead – this helps provide oversight and continuity to the project. It is possible to specify a delegate project lead should the supervisor not access the project/system on a regular basis.

NCI provides some useful documentation about working in the Gadi environment – some links to note include:

UOW Partner Share compute and storage requests

Q4 2023 - 29 September 2023
Q1 2024 - 22 January 2024
Q2 2024 - 27 March 2024
Q3 2024 - 26 June 2024
Q4 2024 - 25 September 2024 

NCI Adapter Scheme

Q4 2023 – deadline has passed
Q1 2024 – not announced yet, likely opening beginning October 2023, with a deadline of end of October 2023

NCI NCMAS Scheme

21 August 2023 - Applications open
3 October 2023 - Applications close at 8:00pm AEDT (5.00 pm AWST)
4-5 December 2023 - Allocation Committee meeting
18 December 2023 - Allocations announced
1 January 2024 - Access to allocations commences

Operational HPC support requests (e.g. queue issues, compilation failures, application/library installation requests etc.) are processed by our support partner, NCI.

With thanks to the artist

Artwork

Gadi

"to search for" in Ngunnawal language, January 2020 for NCI Gadi Supercomputer

Artist

Lynnice Letty Church

Tribes

Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri & Kamilaroi (ACT and NSW)