Katana Overview

Request a Katana Account

Katana is a computational cluster that is designed to support the scientific computing needs of staff and postgraduates across UNSW with a configuration similar in style to the cluster at the NCI National Facility.

Base funding for Katana is provided by the Division of Research with funds for extra capacity provided by those who wish a higher level of access to the cluster.

Every user is provided with a personal 10GB home directory and access to a scratch space. Home directories are backed up, but scratch directories are not. Other network storage, such as users' H-drives, are also available on the head node of the cluster.

User jobs are prepared, submitted and managed on the head node of the cluster, but they are executed on one or more of the compute nodes. Katana incoporates a job scheduler with various fair-share algorithms to determine when and where jobs are dispatched across the cluster.

To request access please send an email to itservicecentre@unsw.edu.au and mention Katana in the email. Postgraduate students should also include the contact details of their supervisor. The same email address can also be used to report any problems or seek help from the members of IT staff who support Katana.