We are working with groups around Australia and internationally to assist in the design, architecture, interoperability and infrastructure to support Australian bioinformatics. This includes having input into funding requirements to ensure the future needs for bioinformatics in computation, analysis and storage infrastructure will be sufficient for researchers’ needs.
The high-end computing facility support for life sciences are provided by Melbourne Bioinformatics and QCIF and there are projects underway to increase the access to computational resources through Nectar and other node computation solutions. Data storage relationships at each node and with RDS are progressing. These activities are being undertaken in the context of the need to operate at a national scale to support involvement in large-scale programs such as the 10000 Genomes project.
Current compute resources for bioinformatics in Australia
National hardware resources:
NCI, Pawsey and Massive are Australia’s major national computational facilities accessible to researchers through a National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS). The main call for applications is made annually in September/October for allocations to start the following January for up to 12 months.
National cloud resources:
NCI offers two distinct versions of cloud based on OpenStack:
- Tenjin (Private Cloud) – open to members of NCI’s official partner organisations
- NeCTAR Research Cloud (Public Cloud) – open to any researcher affiliated with an Australian university.
Both cloud environments offer access to:
Unlike the NeCTAR cloud, Tenjin is housed entirely within NCI, providing access to a richer and more powerful environment through native, high-speed access to NCI’s parallel filesystems, which hold the 10PB NCI National Research Data Collection.