[ASA] Announcing the availability of dedicated astronomy access to OpenStack Virtual Machine computing resources

Jarrod Hurley jhurley at swin.edu.au
Mon Jun 15 16:21:55 AEST 2020

*** Please respond via openstack at adacs.org.au if you would like to discuss accessing these resources ***

Dear All,

Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) and Swinburne University of Technology are pleased to announce the availability
of up to 2,000 virtual CPUs for dedicated astronomy access on the Swinburne cell within the NeCTAR Cloud network.
These CPUs will be utilised via OpenStack Virtual Machines (VMs), which can be provisioned in a variety of different
'flavours' to accommodate a broad spectrum of workflows. Single VMs will typically comprise up to 8 or 16 virtual CPUs
and 16 or 32 GB RAM (although larger sizes will be possible upon request), as well as attachable storage, a DNS zone
and a floating IP address.

It is envisaged that this resource will be of interest to small-job use cases that do not require the full blown infrastructure
of a high-performance computing (HPC) facility and/or will benefit from the flexibility of working outside of a HPC
environment. However, there is currently no restriction on use case and we are keen to see how this resource can be
of benefit to a variety of astronomy workflows.

To facilitate usage we have developed a customised astronomy interface which comes with a range of software
packages included. We expect this interface to develop further over time based on the needs of the community.

At this stage we would like to hear from anyone who thinks that this resource may be of benefit to their research.

Please contact openstack at adacs.org.au to register your interest, discuss your use case, find out more of the
details or ask any related questions.

All the best,

David Liptai & Jarrod Hurley
Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS)

ADACS is funded under the Astronomy National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Program via Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL).

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