Melbourne computation

Capture, integration and sharing of research data, these services ensure effective organisation and management of data and information to enable a high quality of research data output

Dr. Stephen Giugni

The Capability

Melbourne Computation, otherwise known as Research Platform Services (ResPlat), provides a suite of existing and developing information and communication technologies to support research activities at the University of Melbourne.

Cloud and High Performance Computing, Research Data Storage, and foundation Training in digital research tools and techniques are key services. Working as one of the Melbourne Nodes of the national research cloud (the Nectar Cloud) and on national data storage services (Research Data Storage, RDS) we have teams of experts that support the operation and development of the University’s digital research resources, and the associated tools, techniques and data management services. Through close collaboration with Melbourne Bioinformatics (formerly VLSCI) we have unique services and expertise across life science computation also, an area of significant growth today.

The Platforms

High Performance Computing (HPC) Platform

High performance or supercomputing refers to a computing capacity large enough for solving complex problems that cannot be solved using conventional computer systems. It is required to be highly reliable and stable in order to permit a number of computing components to operate in parallel to solve these problems. Melbourne Computation facilitates access to a number of in-house and external HPC platforms.

Data Management and Storage Platforms

Melbourne Computation provides a range of data-related services for the effective organisation and management of data and information as part of the Melbourne research storage infrastructure.  

We also operate VicNode in partnership with Monash University to provide Victorian researchers with the ability to store and share research data securely.

These storage solutions offered by Melbourne Computing proved scalable and cost-competitive options for research data management and storage to suit the changing needs of research datasets.

Cloud Platform

Melbourne Computation offers a number of centralised computer network options including access to a Melbourne Research Cloud, as part of the Nectar Cloud.

The Melbourne Research Cloud is a scalable, self-service collaborative computing network.

The Cloud allows researchers to publish research data, share knowledge and rapidly deploy and access software applications.