National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to advance Australia’s technological and research capabilities using high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI).

As part of the collaboration, NCI and Microsoft will aim to identify and develop mutually beneficial HPC and AI implementation models in hybrid cloud computing environments. They will also explore opportunities for NCI and its collaborators to leverage Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, including its HPC and AI capabilities. Potential application areas include computational chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, visualisation, genomics and life sciences, geoscience and climate modelling.

NCI Director Professor Sean Smith noted that “this MoU is a significant component of NCI’s strategic intent to develop hybrid cloud platforms that will augment and strengthen the range of services it currently offers for high performance computing and data intensive research activities in Australia and regionally.”