High Performance Computing

The University of Sydney provides on-demand access to High Performance Computing (HPC) services that support high-quality research as part of our investment in improving research infrastructure.

HPC involves the use of supercomputers, parallel computing and/or computer clusters for advanced computing tasks including modelling, data processing and analysis.

The University supports two main facilities for our staff and students. We run a local cluster called Artemis and are partners in the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), Australia's national research computing facility. Both are free for academic and research users, and they provide complementary services for your research.

What areas of research can HPC be used?

HPC can be used in a number of disciplines including:

Research Area Research Area
  • Computational chemistry
  • Environmental science
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical and structural engineering
  • Molecular biology, genomics and proteomics
  • Physical oceanography
  • Physics
  • Water resource and environmental management

Upgraded Artemis service

The upgraded Artemis service went live on 13 October 2016. For information, and what has changed, review the following documents:

What is Artemis?

Artemis consists of 4264 cores of compute capacity consisting of 136 standard compute nodes, two high memory nodes, three very high memory nodes and five GPU compute nodes. The composition of Artemis is shown below.

Node type Quantity Cores per node Total cores
Standard compute node (Haswell) 56 24 1344
Standard compute node (Broadwell) 80 32 2560
High memory compute node (512 GB) 2 24 48
Very high memory compute node (6 TB) 3 64 192
GPU compute node 5 24 120

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