Australian supercomputing centres join efforts against COVID-19

NCI Australia and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre have announced an accelerated access initiative, offering streamlined, prioritised and expedited access to computation and data resources to support the national and international research community undertaking COVID-19 research. 

The COVID-19 special call is intended to identify and provide resources to research projects directly responding to the pandemic. Researchers can apply for High-Performance Computing (HPC), cloud, storage resources and associated expert support across Australia’s national research computation providers.

Research fields encouraged to apply will focus on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Processing and analysing gene sequences
  • Mathematical modelling of the vector stages predicting transmission and containment
  • Computational predictions of protein structures associated with COVID-19 and associated biomolecular modelling
  • Modelling economics of the COVID-19 global pandemic
  • Population mapping and demographics
  • Global biosecurity
  • Epidemiological modelling

NCI is offering up to 20 Million Service Units (MSU) on the Gadi supercomputer, and 0.5 PB of storage. Additionally, NCI will provide storage for major reference data sets (national or international) needed to support the computational and data analysis by multiple projects. Cloud resources may be allocated on NCI’s cloud systems.

Resources being made available at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre include large data stores and the new refreshed Nimbus Cloud serviceCOVID-19 projects will have access to allocations of up to 500 cores, with up to 100 TB of storage available for use during 2020 – 2021.

A total of up to 1 PB of storage will be considered for long term use during the project among the two Australian Supercomputing Centres.

All applications for resources at NCI and Pawsey will be prioritised and expedited, in line with the special circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic warrants.

Applications are now open. To find out how to apply visit here.


 A joint initiative of the NCRIS-supported Australian high-performance research computing capabilities

NCI Pawsey