Spartan: University of Melbourne's High Performance Computer - Cloud Hybrid

What is Spartan?

Spartan is the University of Melbourne's general purpose hybrid traditional high performance computing system (HPC) with cloud instances from the NeCTAR Research Cloud and attached Research Data Storage Services (RDSS).

If your desktop computer is too slow because your dataset is too big, or the program is too complex, Spartan may be your answer.

Spartan's architecture has been specifically designed with user needs in mind.

Spartan is both fast and flexible - depending on your needs. Spartan provides a high-speed interconnect between compute nodes for the task-parallel problems, and a the high number of cores for data-parallel problems.

How do I get an Account?

Access Spartan, is governed by the access policies for the research Cloud and the University of Melbourne IT policies, standards and guidelines.

Users on Spartan must belong to a project. Projects must be led by a University of Melbourne researcher (the "Principal Investigator") and are subject to approval by the Head of Research Compute Services. Participants in a project can be researchers or research support staff from anywhere.

If there already is a project that you wish to join, specify that on your account application. Otherwise you need to create a project along with your account.

Once an account or project application has been made the applicant will have to confirm the application, have their application approved, and set their password.

You can also login into your account on Karaage to invite researchers if you're the project's Principal Investigator, apply for a new project, edit your details, change your password, etc.

Where do I get help?

If a user has problems with submitting a job, needs a new application or extension to an existing application installed, if their submissions are generated unexpected errors etc., an email can be sent to:

Please provide as much information as possible in your email, such as the specific software that you required to be installed, a download link, the job id of anything you were running, the location of the batch script etc.

The University will also be running training courses on using Spartan for researchers as part of the ResBaz program. A brief FAQ for 'An Introduction to Spartan' and 'A Short Transition Guide' for users of Edward is available at the following URLs:

An Introduction to Spartan
Edward to Spartan: A Short Transition Guidei