CSC – IT Center for Science in Finland and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) representing The Australian National University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a collaborative partnership to develop and facilitate exchange of information in areas of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and data management.

Under the MoU, the parties agree to exchange information and share best practices on HPC operations and eco-efficient data center operations, facilitate HPC-centric research collaborations and promote the development of high speed, big data transfer capabilities and technologies. CSC and NCI will together explore funding and project opportunities for advancing joint interest as well as create opportunities for joint talent development and training.

CSC Managing Director Kimmo Koski highlights that this strategic partnership with NCI is an important addition to CSC’s global collaboration efforts. NCI is a well-respected Australian organization providing high-quality computational and data-intensive services. This MoU is a step towards strengthening our cooperation with NCI, and CSC is looking forward to exchanging knowledge, skills and competence and working together towards our common goals. — Kimmo Koski, Managing Director, CSC.

NCI Director Professor Sean Smith noted that this MOU is very timely as international engagements between NCI and prominent international supercomputing facilities ramp up. NCI and CSC have many common interests and challenges, not least of which is the fact that they both operate with zero carbon emissions due to renewable energy sources supplying the electricity consumed. – Professor Sean Smith, Director, NCI.

Two men standing holding hands posing for a photo.
From left to right: CSC Managing Director Kimmo Koski and NCI Director Prof Sean Smith.
Professor Ann Evans seated on her desk signing the memorandum of understanding.
From left to right: Professor Ann Evans, A/g Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANU Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) and Prof Ute Roessner, ANU Academic Director, Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII).
Group photo of three women standing in front of a large television showing their remotely connected colleagues on the screen. Everyone posing for a photo.
From left to right: Dr Jingbo Wang, Deputy Director, NCI; Professor Ann Evans, A/g Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANU RII; Damien Lecarpentier, CSC; Kimmo Koski, Director, CSC; Prof Sean Smith, Director, NCI; Shikha Bhardwaj, Executive Officer, NCI and Prof Ute Roessner, Academic Director, ANU RII.

Contact information:

Kimmo Koski, Managing Director, CSC

Maija Kuhlman, Director, Communications, CSC
Mobile: +358 40 718 2206

Prof Sean Smith, Director, NCI

Dr Jingbo Wang, Deputy Director, Business Development & User Engagement, NCI

About CSC – IT Center for Science
CSC is a Finnish center of expertise in ICT that provides world-class services for research, education, culture, public administration and enterprises, to help them thrive and benefit society at large. For more information, visit

One of the pan-European pre-exascale supercomputers, LUMI, is located in CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland. Visit LUMI at

About the National Computational Infrastructure

National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is Australia’s leading national provider of high-end computational and data-intensive services, with a well-respected reputation for its services, expertise and innovation. NCI is an operating unit of the Australian National University and is built on and sustained by a formal collaboration of national research organisations, ANU, CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, other research-intensive universities and eResearch support organisations nationally. For more information, visit NCI website.