AWS to boost research capabilities.
RMIT is set to become one of the first Australian university to implement a dedicated cloud supercomputing facility on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to drive digital innovation in research and education at scale.
RMIT’s cloud supercomputing facility is designed to help more researchers and students within RMIT’s industry hubs – including Industry 4.0, advanced manufacturing, space, fintech, digital health, and creative technologies – to innovate beyond the limitations of on-premises HPC infrastructure and accelerate time-to-science.
The cloud supercomputing facility will use AWS to provide elastic, secure, and scalable cloud infrastructure for researchers and students within RMIT’s industry hubs – including Industry 4.0, advanced manufacturing, space, fintech, digital health, and creative technologies to run high performance computing (HPC) applications with seamless access.
Workloads such as genomic sequencing, autonomous vehicle simulations, and atmospheric modelling are often too large to run using traditional servers. HPC on AWS provides virtually unlimited compute capacity that meets the infrastructure requirements of almost any application, allowing researchers to process huge volumes of data to help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges in far less time – from disease prevention, extreme weather forecasting, and citizen safety.
RMIT will leverage AWS Direct Connect which enables customers to have low latency, secure and private connections to AWS for workloads which require higher speed or lower latency than the internet. The increased bandwidth will give researchers, students, staff, and industry partners the ability to experiment and test new ideas and discoveries involving large data sets at speed, fast-tracking the time between concept and products that RMIT are ready to take to market.
RMIT will also collaborate with telecommunications provider, AARNet, which will provide high-speed internet and communication services, and global technology company, Intel, for its advanced technology solutions to process, optimise, store, and move large, complicated data sets.
The Melbourne-based University ‘s CBD North campus was part of an urban renewal project thanks to a A$44.6m Victorian Government investment.
The development of a social innovation precinct, bordered by Lygon, Victoria, Swanston and Queensberry Streets, will be home to research, ideas, skills and new technology.
Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education the Hon. Gayle Tierney announced the project would be funded through the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund, which was developed in response to the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on universities.
The funding will cover a raft of individual research projects and capital works, all with a unique focus on community-based renewal.