Spartan is High Performance Computing (HPC) system operated by Research Platform Services (ResPlat) at The University of Melbourne. It combines a high performance bare-metal compute with flexible cloud infrastructure to suit a wide range of use-cases.

If your computing jobs take too long on your desktop computer, or are simply not possible due to a lack of speed and memory, a HPC system like Spartan can help.

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Spartan has a number of partitions available for general usage.


100 nodes, each with 8 cores and 62 GB of RAM, allocated from the Melbourne node of the Nectar research cloud. This partition is best suited for general-purpose single-node jobs. Multiple node jobs will work, but communication between nodes will be comparatively slow.


21 nodes, each with 12 cores and 251 GB of RAM. Each node is connected by high-speed 56GigE networking with 1.15 ┬Ásec latency, making this partition suited to multi-node jobs (e.g. those using OpenMPI).


3 nodes, each with 12 cores, 251 GB of RAM, and four NVidia K80 GPUs. This partition also makes use of high-speed networking. This is the partition to use if your software takes advantage of GPU acceleration (e.g. using CUDA).

Citing Spartan

If you use Spartan to obtain results for a publication, we'd appreciate if you'd cite our service, including the DOI below. This makes it easy for us demonstrate research impact, helping to secure ongoing funding for expansion and user support.

University of Melbourne (2017) Spartan HPC-Cloud Hybrid: Delivering Performance and Flexibility.

Other Resources

Spartan is just one of many research IT resources offered by The University of Melbourne, or available from other institutions.


Nectar is a national initiative to provide cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) resources to researchers. It's based on OpenStack, and allows researchers on-demand access to computation instances, storage, and a variety of application platforms and Virtual Laboratories.

Spartan runs some of it's computation resources in the Nectar cloud.

Melbourne Bioinformatics

Melbourne Bioinformatics run two large HPC systems for life sciences researchers.

Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE)

MASSIVE is a HPC system at Monash University and the Australian Synchrotron which is optimized for imaging and visualization. It can run batched jobs, as well as provide a desktop environment for interactive work.


VicNode provides data storage and sharing services to Victorian researchers and their collaborators.