Welcome to NCI
The mission of National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is to provide Australian researchers with world-class high-end computing services.
The National Computational Infrastructure, Australia’s national high-end computing service, is an initiative of the Australian Government, hosted by The Australian National University. NCI’s mission, to foster ambitious and aspirational research objectives, and to enable their realisation through world-class high-end computing services, is advanced through both cutting-edge infrastructure and internationally renowned expert support.
NCI’s advanced computing infrastructure, comprising a petascale HPC system, a large-scale compute cloud (primarily for data-intensive services), and multi-petabyte high-performance storage, is funded through programs of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, while its operations are sustained through the substantial co-investment by a number of partner organisations including ANU, CSIRO, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, a number of Australia’s research-intensive universities, and the Australian Research Council.
The work of NCI is structured into two main activities: Facilities and Services, and Planning, Access, Policy and Outreach.
The former provides the user-facing services and is divided into three programs:
The National Facility
The National Facility provides the national peak computing facility for capability-class computing, and is operated by NCI at the Australian National University.
Specialised Facilities provide high-end computing services that complement the role of the National Facility in supporting particular user communities. For these, NCI invests in facilities and services operated by other specialist providers.
NCI provides specialised support for a limited number of research communities and which also explores new computational paradigms and technologies, including cloud computing.
The latter, which is focused on strategic planning and policy development, the provision of access on research merit and by partner share, and building the uptake of, and investment in, high-end computing services in Australia, is undertaken through the NCI Steering Committee (Board) and the NCI Directorate.