The NeCTAR Research Cloud expects a large expansion in 2014 with capacity trebling to around 30,000 CPU cores thanks to more research cloud nodes joining the federated effort and existing cloud nodes expanding their offerings.
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Computing and computer power has long been an important part of an Australian researcher’s way of working. NeCTAR is partnering with Australian research institutions to create, for the first time, a national research cloud for Australian researchers. It is available to be used now. The University of Melbourne commissioned the first node on January 31, 2012.
The Australian research community was invited in September 2011 to submit project proposals to build the first stage of NeCTAR. More than 75 project proposals were received. The NeCTAR Project Board and NeCTAR expert panels, recommended one third, worth $23 million, for funding by NeCTAR.