High Performance Computing (HPC) involves the use of supercomputers, parallel computing and/or computer clusters for advanced computing tasks including modelling, batch data processing and analysis.
The University runs a local cluster called Artemis. The Sydney Informatics Hub provides complementary support, training, and consultation for conducting your research on Artemis, HPC.
Artemis was upgraded in 2018 and hosts:
To get access to Artemis you simply need to fill out a Research Data Management Plan on Dashr and request HPC access.
Please acknowledge the use of Artemis and Sydney Informatics Hub services to ensure the sustainability of our facility. Suggested wording:
The University’s ‘Argus’ Virtual Research Desktops (VRDs) deliver on-demand, GPU powered, computing resources. It accesses HPC for solving large-scale computational problems and data processing, facilitates fast access to storage of large datasets, and enables graphical processing and visualisation within a graphical user interface.
The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is Australia's national research computing service providing researchers with access to high performance computing, cloud, data, visualisation, and research platform services. We support merit based access to NCI through University of Sydney partner shares and provide technical and computation assistance for National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) applications.
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ARDC’s Nectar Research Cloud provides researchers with fast, interactive, self-service access to computing infrastructure, software, and data, and is a powerful platform for collaboration. It allows researchers to store, access, and analyse their own data at any time, create dedicated virtual servers on demand, and collaborate with others from their desktop in a fast and efficient way.
The University has collaborations and affiliations with many commercial computing services. Most services offer some free-tier level of compute. Many are looking for research workloads to test their facilities, and you can always purchase additional time and resources, to scale rapidly for your needs.
We provide support with accessing:
The University offers a suite of tools to assist researchers in managing their research data. These platforms and best data management practices enable researchers to preserve the context and continuity of their research. Our online tools enable simple and secure collaboration, and allow alignment of research practice with requirements in University and national policy.
The Researcher Dashboard (DashR) is a centralised tool for researchers to register research data planning information and to request/manage associated data and computing services.
DashR can be used to:
The eNotebook provides researchers with a collaborative working tool suitable for both internal and external collaborators. The eNotebook is versatile and can be used in any discipline. It is a great option for curating, storing and sharing working documents, procedures, observations, conclusions, notes, images and data files. Its strengths include the ability to consolidate all sorts of research data along with a rigorous audit trail to maintain integrity of the data.
Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is an online, customisable data capture tool. It provides the ideal means to gather data in a secure environment and avoids the need to enter data into spreadsheets or use paper-based forms and surveys.
REDCap makes it easy to collect standardised, clean data. Researchers and external collaborators can simultaneously access their sensitive data on REDCap in a secure, encrypted manner.
The Research Data Store (RDS) is the University’s primary data store. It is an enterprise grade Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for storing research data, which has a large and expandable storage capacity.
A package of Microsoft programs, both desktop and web-based, for collaborative document editing and data management. OneDrive can be used for data storage, which has a desktop syncing application. OneNote can be used to collate research-based contextual information e.g. research process journals and metadata.
The University’s enterprise edition of GitHub is the Code Repository, a software repository management platform that provides a university-wide resource for code management, code review, and general collaboration. The code repository includes virtually the same set of features as github.com but is self-contained and managed by the University.
CLC Genomics Workbench is a comprehensive suite of bioinformatics tools packaged into a user-friendly graphical environment. You can perform a range of analyses on next generation sequencing data and create customisable workflows for studies in genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics and metagenomics.
CLC is offered at a heavily discounted rate subsidised by the University:
|Single licence||6 months||12 months|
||A$750 incl. GST||A$1,500 incl. GST|
Subscribers can book one of 5 university licenses using the Sydney Informatics Hub PPMS. Bookings are essential in order for you to use a license, to ensure fair use amongst CLC Genomics Workbench users.
Please email email@example.com for more information on CLC Genomics Workbench or to request a free 4-week trial.
Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) is a powerful analysis and search tool that uncovers the significance of ‘omics data and identifies new targets or candidate biomarkers within the context of biological systems.
The University has one IPA license that is available free of charge to Sydney University students, researchers, and affiliates. Users are required to book their sessions using the Sydney Informatics Hub PPMS. Please email our Bioinformatics Technician at firstname.lastname@example.org to get access to IPA.
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The QIAGEN Bioinformatics website has a set of training resources. The most popular webinars are:
The Westmead Institute for Medical Research offers subsidized access to proprietary bioinformatics software to members of the University of Sydney or Westmead Institute for Medical Research. For more information, please contact:
Advanced Genomics Specialist
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Galaxy Australia is a free web-based bioinformatics analysis and workflow platform. It contains thousands of bioinformatics tools to combine, analyse and interpret genomic (DNA), transcriptomic (RNA), proteomic (proteins) and metabolomic (small molecules) data. It provides a simple point-and-click graphical user interface. and aims to make applying bioinformatics approaches on powerful national computing infrastructure easier.
All University of Sydney resources are available to Sydney researchers free of charge. The use of the SIH services including the Artemis HPC and associated support and training warrants acknowledgement in any publications, conference proceedings or posters describing work facilitated by these services.
The continued acknowledgment of the use of SIH facilities ensures the sustainability of our services.
"The authors acknowledge the technical assistance provided by the Sydney Informatics Hub, a Core Research Facility of the University of Sydney."
Acknowledging specific staff:
“The authors acknowledge the technical assistance of (name of staff) of the Sydney Informatics Hub, a Core Research Facility of the University of Sydney.”
For further information about acknowledging the Sydney Informatics Hub, please contact us at email@example.com.