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Time - Research at light speed


Many researchers use computers but desktop machines only go so far. If your overnight compute jobs run into the next day, if your research waits for a weekend to run, if your computer is limiting the progress of your research, then high performance computing (HPC) is the solution.

High performance computing is used to solve real-world problems of significant scale or detail across a diverse range of disciplines including physics, biology, chemistry, geosciences, climate sciences, engineering and many others.

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Intersect’s HPC facilities

Intersect manages the NSW state facility, Orange, hosted at IC2 in Sydney. In addition to this, Intersect has a partner share in the peak facilities at the National Computational Infrastructure, based at the Australian National University. 


Intersect's 'Orange' was commissioned in March 2013. The system features 103 cluster nodes with 1,660 cores powered by the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processor series. It includes 200TB local scratch disk space and 101TB of usable shared storage (56TB disk space in a Panasas® PAS-12 global parallel file system and 45TB disk storage in a SGI NAS Storage Server). Orange delivers 30+ TFlops peak performance. The interconnects are QDR Infiniband, more details here.

Raijin At NCI

Intersect is a partner and shares high performance computing facilities at the National Computational Infrastructure, based at the Australian National University. NCI's peak system 'Raijin' is a Fujitsu PRIMERGY cluster based on Intel Sandy Bridge 8-core processors (2.6 GHz) comprising: 57,472 cores in the compute nodes, approximately 160 TBytes of main memory, and approximately 10 PBytes of usable fast file system, more details here.

NeCTAR Research Cloud

Over 4,500 local and 32,000 distributed computing cores running x86 OpenStack hypervisors tuned to the needs of research.

Create multiple virtual machines with up to 16 virtual CPUs. Features Linux operating system flavours including: Centos, Ubuntu, Fedora and Scientific Linux. Researchers can directly access eight national network nodes for additional scale or data proximity.

Merit-based Resource Allocations

Researchers within the Intersect membership can apply for fully-subsidised resources on Time. Please see the resource allocation page for further details and the application process.

Attribution Policy

If you use merit-allocated resources on Orange or Raijin via the Intersect partner share we request that you acknowledge us. The proposed text is:

Computational (and/or storage) resources used in this work were provided by Intersect Australia Ltd. 

The full attribution policy can be found here.