High Performance Computing

Access to the High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities listed here is available via the Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC). See the ASTAC page for further details about the HPC resources available, and how to access them.

HPC factsheet

General Factsheet on national astronomy HPC access.

Supercomputer Resources: A technical outline of HPC facilities and HPC access avenues available to Australian Astronomers for potential users.


Commissioned in 2012

Swinburne University of Technology received support from the Australian Government's Education Investment Fund (EIF) to build a next-generation GPU-based supercomputer for the Australian astronomy community. This supercomputer is called gSTAR and since being commissioned in 2012, is facilitating theoretical astrophysics applications and large-volume data processing.

Time is available on gSTAR for national astronomy use through a general access job queue and through a merit based proposal scheme run via the Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC).

Key Contact

A. Prof Jarrod Hurley, Swinburne Supercomputer Manager.

Part of the gSTAR supercomputer at Swinburne University of Technology.
Image credit: Gin Tan.

HPC support and access

In 2010, AAL worked with NCI to enable astronomy to become part of NCI's Specialised Support Program. The NCI Steering Committee agreed to increase the support provided to the national astronomy research community in its use of high-end computing, and particularly through the NCI National Facility, through the funding of additional support staff (through the NCI Computational Tools and Techniques Program). These support staff were located at NCI and Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) for 2011-12. 

gSTAR operations is being funded through the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program.

Key Contact

Amr Hassan Swinburne University of Technology