NCI is pleased to announce that the University of Newcastle has signed on as our newest Collaborator organisation. Through this arrangement, University of Newcastle researchers will have access to the equivalent of 12 million hours of computing time and more than 260 Terabytes of data storage per year. The University is joining the dozens of other NCI Collaborators and partners benefiting from the unique combination of technology and expertise available here.

NCI Director Professor Sean Smith says, “We are thrilled to have the University of Newcastle on board as our newest Collaborator. Their researchers will now have access to a wide range of world-class computing and data infrastructure, including our newly installed Gadi supercomputer expansion, our high-performance filesystems, our Australian Research Environment supercomputer interface, our data analysis environments, our expert helpdesk and training offerings and much more. The integrated computing and data services that we offer allow scientists to focus on their science while we handle the hardware, software and data infrastructure underneath. We can’t wait to see the great science to come out of Newcastle in the years to come.”

Research groups at the University of Newcastle are already using NCI to conduct research on topics including elucidating nanostructured phases with quantum chemistry, computational optical properties and solar physics.

Richard Hartley, Head of Solutions – Data Integration and Research at the University of Newcastle, says "The overwhelmingly positive feedback from the research community since the announcement of our agreement with NCI is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation. Together, we are embarking on a journey that holds immense potential to unlock groundbreaking discoveries, revolutionise scientific progress, and ultimately transform lives. This response reinforces our belief that we are providing researchers with the tools they need to deliver world-class research."

As the central hub for the computing and data needs of many Australian research communities, NCI is a critical instrument for scientific research. By providing a robust technological foundation to support innovative science, we raise the productivity and efficiency of the Australian research sector.

The NCI Collaboration is comprised of national science agencies including CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia, research universities including The Australian National University and UNSW Sydney, and medical research institutes including the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. They are joined by dozens of other Research Centres of Excellence, research infrastructure facilities and commercial groups in benefiting from the power and performance of NCI’s technology infrastructure.


NCI Australia enables transformative science through big data and computing technologies, platforms and expertise. Based at The Australian National University, it brings together the Australian Government, universities, national science agencies and industry. Major Collaborator organisations include ANU, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, the University of New South Wales.


At the University of Newcastle, we’re dedicated to outstanding education and research. We’re proud to be ranked in the top 175 universities in the world and in the top 30 universities globally for impact. Our degrees are shaped around flexible and transferable skills, work placements and entrepreneurial opportunities. Across our campuses in Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney and Singapore, the University of Newcastle enrols more than 37,000 students from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on equity and developing the world’s next generation of socially-oriented leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. We are fully committed to building on our strengths in Indigenous higher education and providing a supportive space for our Indigenous students and communities.