The aim of this page is to highlight some of the values of using HPRC services can provide to a JCU researcher. The content contained within this page and the links below is mostly a high-level view of HPRC.
You have years of research work stored on your personal/work computing device. You arrive at work one morning, power on your computing device - nothing happens. After engaging with IT Services & Support staff, you are informed that your disk has failed and that there is almost no chance of recovering your files. This has happened to quite a few JCU staff and students - it could happen to you. So, you might ask "what can I do?".
You have amassed or inherited a vast collection of research data in your time. One day it dawns on you how scattered your data is - work and personal computing devices, USB disks, cloud storage providers (e.g., DropBox), etc. The reason this has come to be is that your research data has slowly grown over time and you've purchased extra storage only when needed.
Be aware that I have received USB disks from researchers that had unreadable sectors. HPC staff do not have any special equipment/software to try to extract data affected by faults on disk hardware.
You don't feel that investing time learning to use HPC is worthwhile - running jobs sequentially on your desktop computer is good enough. You've recently scaled up your model and your computing jobs are taking days (or longer) to finish. You are frustrated by power faults (black-outs, brown-outs, or surges) killing your jobs, meaning you have to start over. Trying to remember which part of your data you were working on is hard enough, without trying to remember any special options you provided to the software you were using.
Another situation that I know has frustrated some researchers in the past, has occurred when using a laptop to run your jobs. Your starting to tire and really keen to get home and relax, but you have to wait for a job to finish without know how long that might be.
In both cases, one answer is:
A deadline is looming and you are almost certain that running jobs on your personal computing device(s) will not get the results out in time, without significantly affecting other things you use your device(s) for. You have overheard conversations that other researchers are using HPC and running lots of jobs at the same time. If only you had looked at HPRC as a viable option earlier, you wouldn't be stressing about missing the deadline that is looming over your head.
You have an excellent reputation as a world leading researcher in your field. You are looking to share and collaborate in modern ways. You might have a good idea what you want to do (e.g., have a website) or you may need guidance (e.g., ask someone about options?).
Staff from HPRC and eResearch can often provide advice/guidance. HPRC has built a flexible hardware environment that should be sufficient for most requirements.