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Update on Artemis 2017 Phase 3 upgrade

19 January 2018

Existing compute nodes and storage are currenlty online. Additional /scratch storage will come online early next week. We will add new compute nodes to the system once we have finished testing. The operating system on all compute nodes, except the GPU nodes, has been upgraded from CentOS 6.8 to CentOS 6.9. If you encounter any unexpected errors with your programs, let us know and we will assist you.


The University of Sydney provides on-demand access to High Performance Computing (HPC) services that support high-quality research as part of our investment in improving research infrastructure.

HPC involves the use of supercomputers, parallel computing and/or computer clusters for advanced computing tasks including modelling, data processing and analysis.

The University supports two main facilities for our staff and students. We run a local cluster called Artemis and are partners in the Australia’s, National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility. Both are free for academic and research users, and they provide complementary services for your research.

The Artemis service was upgraded on 13 October 2016. Artemis consists of 4264 cores of compute capacity consisting of 136 standard compute nodes, two high memory nodes, three very high memory nodes, and five GPU compute nodes. Find out more at the Artemis Online User Guide.

Artemis Phase 1 Nodes Artemis Phase 2 Nodes
Standard Memory High Memory GPU Standard Memory High Memory
Number of nodes 56 2 5 80 3
Cores per node 2 x 12 2 x 12 2 x 12 CPUs
2 GPUs
2 x 16 4 x 16
RAM per node 128 GB 512 GB 128 GB 128 GB 6 TB

Artemis documentation

For information about how to use the Artemis service:

Artemis Online User Guide

Artemis PDF User Guide

Artemis Cheat Sheet

HPC FAQs at ask.sydney

Attend a training workshop

In-depth Artemis training course notes are also available: Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced.


SIH Publication Incentive

The Sydney Informatics Hub Publication Incentive is now open!

Users of Artemis HPC, NCI Raijin, and SIH services can submit eligible papers to win cash prizes up to $1000!

The Sydney Informatics Hub Publication Incentive will be run throughut the year.

To be eligible, papers should:

  1. Be published in a peer-reviewed journal
  2. Be authored or co-authored by a current University of Sydney staff member or student
  3. Have made use of SIH services (e.g. Argus, Artemis, HPC, data analsyis)
  4. Acknowledge the Sydney Informatics Hub
  5. Ensure that the publication is listed under your Research Outputs on IRMA
  6. Not have been entered in a previous round of the incentive

To enter:

  1. Ensure your paper meets the eligibility criteria above
  2. Complete the attached Excel entry form (you can include multiple publications within the same form)
  3. Email your completed Excel form along with a PDF version of your published manuscript/manuscripts to SIH Info
  4. Entries must be received by 31st March 2018 5 pm

The continued acknowledgment of the use of SIH facilities ensures the sustainability of our services. Thank you and good luck!


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