QCIF                QRIScloud

About QCIF

The Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) Limited is a consortium of six Queensland universities structured as a not-for-profit company founded in 2000 (as QPSF - the Queensland Parallel SuperComputing Foundation and renamed in 2006).

QCIF’s members are:

  •     CQUniversity
  •     Griffith University
  •     James Cook University
  •     Queensland University of Technology
  •     The University of Queensland
  •     University of Southern Queensland
  •     University of the Sunshine Coast (associate member)

Based in two Queensland locations (Brisbane/Townsville), QRIScloud (RDSI-funded and hosted by QCIF) offers researchers large-scale cloud computing and data storage services.

QRIScloud allows researchers to use large virtual clusters, host web services, store even very large research datasets, share existing data collections across research communities, and collaborate more easily with researchers nationally and internationally, whether in government, academia or industry.

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Apply for Storage with QRIScloud

Register for an account using your institutional login credentials through AAF (Australian Access Federation) authentication. Users can request storage in the “Accounts” section of the QRIScloud portal. For more information see the QRISguide.

Storage at QCIF (QRIScloud)

Service Catalogue Datasheet

Storage name Category Features
QRISdata - Frequent Access Working For datasets that are either changing or require frequent access. It is replicated daily with on and off site copies.   
Tools: Mediaflux; Aspera/ SSH/GridFTP
QRISdata - Infrequent Access Working Datasets that are accessed less frequently are less volatile and are not being used for compute intensive work. It is replicated daily with on and off site copies.   
Tools: Mediaflux; Aspera/ SSH/GridFTP
QRISdata - Archive Storage Archival Archival storage for datasets. Data may be held off-line. It is replicated regularly with on and off site copies.
Tools: Mediaflux; Aspera/ SSH/GridFTP
Computational Storage Computational High-speed persistent disk storage that can be written and read like a physical computer’s hard drive

Storage-Related Services at QCIF (QRIScloud)

Service Name Category Features Links
QRIScloud portal
Service Portal QCIF’s web portal to manage access to research data and compute services user guide
Aspera Data Transfer A tool for accessing and moving data at high speed user guide
Mediaflux Data Management Manage and share digital media with version control and metadata collection user guide
Hoover/ Dustbuster Data Transfer Fast ingest of data from your hard drives on QCIF premises/ Load your data to QCIF portable hard drives on your premises information
ReDBox Workflow Primarily a research data registry, ReDBox provides workflows and interfaces for the creation of metadata. ReDBox allows for the upload of data as well as supporting evidence files (e.g licences or IP statements). information

For more information on Storage and other services at QCIF, lodge a support ticket or visit www.qcif.edu.au or www.qriscloud.org.au.