Requesting resources on the Research Cloud
You can run virtual machines of various sizes on the cloud, from one to 16 cores
, and from one instance to hundreds.
Project Trials (Automatic, no application required)
When you log into the cloud for the first time, you are automatically granted a Project Trial Research Allocation of two cores for three months. Project Trials have names like pt-2061.
Within your default allocation you can run
As you get near the end of the three month Project Trial, you are encouraged to submit a request for more resources.
- a medium (two core) virtual machine, or
- two small (single core) virtual machines.
Before submitting a request, increased access via your local node
If you are associated with one of the cloud nodes (Melbourne, Monash or QCIF):
You may be eligible for access to a local allocation of cloud resource.
Otherwise, your request will be reviewed by the NeCTAR Allocation Committee.
Speak to your local node about this prior to submitting a resource request.
Submit a Request for more resources
Use the Allocation Request form (see Image) from the lefthand side menu of the dashboard.
Allocations New Request creates a new project
As a rule of thumb, the more resources you ask for, the more detail we require about your research. Requesting a few cores won’t be scrutinised as much as requesting tens or hundreds of cores.
Allocations: My Requests adds resources to an existing project (you will see your previous requests here)
What happens after you submit a request?
When you submit the request, you will receive a confirmation email with all your details.
View or edit your request by clicking on the ‘My Requests’ tab at the dashboard.
Your request will be reviewed by the your local node (if any) or the NeCTAR Allocation Committee.
This can take up to four weeks to process.
If there are any issues with your request, we will get in touch with you.
You may be asked to provide more detail about your research or to clarify your technical requirements.
Approved requests become "Projects"
We create a Research Cloud Project using your project name, for example ‘QCIF DNA Sequencing Project’.
You will receive an email confirming everything is ready to go.
As a user, you can be a member of more than one project.
You select the current project to access at the dashboard using a drop down menu on the left hand side.
Managing an approved Project (Add / remove users)
Users can be members of multiple Projects sharing each Projects resources with its members.
To add other users as members of your Project(s) see Managing a Project
How do I increase my existing Projects' resources?
You can make changes to your request at any time by clicking on ‘My Requests’ at the dashboard.
This will show the requests you have made and you can update them.
If you change and resubmit the request, it will go through the review process as outlined earlier.