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hpc.Time Resource Allocation Round (RAR) 2016 - now closed 

The Intersect HPC Resource Allocation Round (RAR) 2016 is now closed. We wish good luck to all the applicants. 
Intersect runs one merit-based Resource Allocation Round (RAR) per year where researchers from member institutions can apply for large allocations for both Orange and Raijin. This annual call for applications grants resources for the 2016 calendar year. 

As a merit-based system, applications will be reviewed by our HPC staff (for technical complexity and track record) and by the Intersect Resource Allocation Committee (for research merit).

Key dates for the round are listed below.

1 October 2015: Applications open

9 November 2015: Applications close (updated deadline)

28 December 2015: Award notifications

How to apply

All applications for merit-based resource subsidies for Time are made through a combination of NCI & Intersect forms.

An application must be made by academic staff at Intersect member institutions. We welcome PhD students to make use of the facilities, but require that the lead CI on an application be an academic staff member.

Details of the Intersect RAR round and how to apply can be found here:

Please note that all existing projects need to reapply.

The Intersect RAR is using a similar process to NCMAS to avoid duplication and help streamline the application process for our members. We encourage HPC users who are Intersect members with significant allocation requests (>200 kSU per year) to apply for both the NCMAS and the Intersect Resource Allocation Round (RAR) to maximise their chances of getting the time they need to support their research.  

How subsidised HPC resources are allocated 

Requests for Intersect HPC Resources are assessed and allocated by an independent committee known as the Resource Allocation Committee, made up of representatives from each of Intersect’s member institutions. Important factors the Committee considers to determine the allocation of resources include the quality of the research argument, the track record of previous granted resources and the suitability of the chosen hardware and software.

Mid-quarter review

To maximise HPC usage on the NCI HPC Raijin, we evaluate the usage of each project after 6 weeks (middle of the quarter) and may re-distribute resources if necessary.

Since inception, we have provided almost one hundred million hours of compute time to researchers. Intersect is keen to encourage the uptake of HPC methods in research across its members. We are actively encouraging new users, including from smaller institutions, non-traditional HPC disciplines, and research students, to have the opportunity to access major HPC facilities. This means we will accept small-scale "experimental" proposals at any time. Larger proposals for significant levels of resources are requested through the annual resource allocation round.


NCI's Merit Allocation Scheme - 2016 NCMAS Allocation Round now closed

The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has announced the 2016 round for the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) is now closed.  

Details of the NCMAS round can be found here:


Key dates for the round are listed below.

14 Sep – 16 Oct: Applications accepted

16 Oct – 30 Oct : Technical assessment by Facilities

30 Oct – 25 Nov : Merit assessment by Committee

30 Nov – 01 Dec : Committee meeting

Available Resources

Intersect's HPC Orange more details here 

NCI's peak HPC Raijin more details here.



If you have used merit resources on Orange or NCI 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 policy can be found here:


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