Western Sydney University researchers have access to a wide-range of computing platforms. These include:

Desktop and Laptop Computing

Standard desktop and laptop computers can be organised through your school or institute.

Virtual Servers

For medium-sized long-running computing, a good first step is to make use of the free virtual machines available to all researchers on the Nectar Research Cloud (opens in a new window). Nectar machines are primarily for Linux-based computing. If you are a Windows user you may be surprised how many applications also run on Linux.

If you think something closer to home may be more suitable, Western Sydney University's ITDS can provide Windows and Linux virtual environments. Please contact the Service Desk (opens in a new window) for more information, and ask for a "Virtual Server".

High Performance Computing

For intensive computation, access to a high performance computing cluster or supercomputing environment may be necessary. Western Sydney University hosts some HPC clusters within some of our research institutes – specifically Marcs, HIE and IIE. On arrangement, these can be used by all researchers at Western Sydney University. Contact the Service Desk specific "HPC" in your request.

The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) (opens in a new window) provides supercomputing facilities to the Australian research community. With various computing facilities hosted across Australia. Intersect, our local eResearch organisation, manage the Orange HPC (opens in a new window) which is part of NCI. They can arrange trial access to Orange and also assist with merit-based allocation system for getting longer term access to that and other facilities. Contact the Service Desk with the word "NCI" in your query.