ARDC Services Powered by the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud
The ARDC hosts important services for researchers on its Nectar Research Cloud, which can save time, boost your productivity and give you added power to conduct ground-breaking research.
Nectar’s versatile cloud infrastructure can be used in many different ways to support research, ranging from our new Virtual Desktop Service for a single researcher, to a powerful computational server that can be shared by researchers in Australia and internationally.
More services will come online throughout 2022, as we work to answer Australian researchers’ cloud computing needs.
Virtual Desktop Service
Need another computer to carry out compute processes for your research? The Virtual Desktop Service is your personal computer in the cloud and can be used to free up your laptop or workstation.
Once you have created a virtual desktop, you can leave it running for uninterrupted processing for up to 14 days, with the ability to extend for additional 14-day periods. And when the job is done, you can shelve it to save it for later, or delete the desktop to free up reserved computer processing and memory resources for other users. Otherwise it will be automatically shelved after the 14 day time period, unless you extend it.
National GPU Service
Australian researchers can now reserve GPUs and large memory virtual machines for their research in advance via a user-friendly interface on the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud dashboard. This shares high-end compute resources amongst researchers, and provides quicker and more efficient reservation and access to the resources. The service is in beta release with limited capacity and flavors, but more servers and flavors will be coming online in the next couple of months.
Jupyter Notebook Service
The ARDC Jupyter Notebook Service gives Australian researchers access to the popular Jupyter Notebooks via a simple web portal. It’s an easy way for researchers to develop and share software, and combine software code, computational output, explanatory text and multimedia resources in a single location.
The new service is available via a simple web interface, giving researchers access to compute and storage resources, provided by the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud. The new national service is hosted in the cloud, so multiple researchers can develop and serve Jupyter Notebooks with centralised monitoring, logging and reporting.
It also supports launching Jupyter Notebooks within a pre-configured computing environment without the need for users to install any software packages.
Our Preemptible Instances service on the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud lets researchers spin up instances for a chosen preemptible flavour. These instances use spare cloud capacity that would otherwise go to waste. They can be terminated at any time if the capacity is needed, and are always terminated after 24 hours.
The Preemptible Instances service is an easy way for researchers to access extra computational resources for a short period of time, and is available on demand. It is ideal for running automated workflows that require a lot of compute resources for a limited time.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP) is an example of a team that uses Preemptible Instances on Nectar. The team participates in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. It often requires periods of very large computation on Nectar, using automated workflows that run many compute jobs, so the Preemptible Instances service is ideal for them.
More Services on the Way
The ARDC is rolling out more services that use the Nectar Research Cloud to provide extra computational capabilities for Australian researchers.
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About the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud
The ARDC Nectar Research Cloud is Australia’s national research cloud, providing cloud computing services and tools to Australian researchers. Launched in 2012, it is used by scientists and researchers throughout Australia, from their offices and homes.
Nectar provides Australia’s research community with fast, interactive, self-service access to large-scale computing infrastructure, software and data, and is a powerful platform for collaboration. At any given time, this massive research cloud is supporting more than 8,000 virtual machines, using more than 50,000 virtual central processing unit cores, being run by more than 2,000 researchers, and being used by thousands more.
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