Research Computing

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

High Performance Computing – Artemis HPC

High Performance Computing (HPC) involves the use of supercomputers, parallel computing and/or computer clusters for advanced computing tasks including modelling, batch 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 Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility. Both are free for academic and research users, and provide computing complementary services for your research.

Artemis was upgraded in 2018 and hosts:

  • 7636 compute cores
  • 108 NVIDIA V100 GPUs
  • 56 Gbps FDR Infiniband networking
  • A high-performance Lustre filesystem
  • Three high memory nodes with 6 terabytes of RAM per node

Artemis documentation

Find out more about the Artemis service, including hardware specifications, in the Artemis Online User Guide.

Further information about using the Artemis service can be found here:

Artemis Terms of Use

Please carefully read Artemis HPC Terms of Use before you use Artemis. In using and continuing to use the HPC Service, you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not accept these Terms, you should stop using the HPC Service.


The use of the Artemis HPC service and associated support and training warrants acknowledgement in any publications, conference proceedings or posters describing work facilitated by these services. The continued acknowledgment of the use of SIH facilities ensures the sustainability of our services. Some suggested acknowledgements are:

The authors acknowledge the facilities, and the scientific and technical assistance of the Sydney Informatics Hub at the University of Sydney and, in particular, access to the high performance computing facility Artemis.

The authors acknowledge the Sydney Informatics Hub and the University of Sydney’s high performance computing cluster Artemis for providing the high performance computing resources that have contributed to the research results reported within this paper.


Virtual Research Desktops

Virtual Research Desktops deliver on-demand computing resources. It is designed for graphical processing and visualisation within a graphical user interface.

Argus offers virtual machines with the following operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 10, RedHat 7, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The University provides small, medium and large Virtual Machines suited to computationally-intensive applications.

Small 4 16 GB 2
Medium 8 32 GB 4
Large 16 126 GB 8

Argus documentation

For information about how to use the Argus service:


Training and support

The Sydney Informatics Hub also provide a broad range of training and support for specialised research computing and data management. Training courses include: data capture and management, programming in R/Matlab/Python, GPU computing and deep learning, bioinformatics, statistics, experimental and analytical design.

Learn more about our courses and view our Training page.

Be part of the data and analytics community: Chat with mentors and peers about your HPC research at our monthly Hacky Hour!


Please read the Artemis HPC terms of use