This document is intended to be a brief checklist for launching a GVL on the NeCTAR cloud.


The Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL) ( is a virtual laboratory for genomics research and training.

It is possible to launch your own GVL on the NeCTAR cloud by clicking on “Launch” on which takes you to


The launch page asks you for various pieces of information including

“Access key” and “Secret Key”

These are the EC2 credentials that the launcher needs to launch the underlying instances on which the GVL operates. The credentials can be found on the NeCTAR dashboard. Assuming you have logged into the dashboard and selected the project (tenant) to launch from, the credentials can be found by “Compute” > “Access and Security” > “API Access” and then selecting “View Credentials”. Alternatively (on the same page) you can choose to “Download EC2 Credentials” which will download a zip archive - in the archive is a file called “” and it contains various data including the EC2 credentials.

“Instance Type”

This selection list allows you to choose the instance type (in NeCTAR-speak the instance “flavour”). Please check the project (tenant) that you’re launching from has sufficient resources to do so - select “Overview” on the NeCTAR dashboard to view current resource consumption and quota (“Instances”, “VCPUS”, “RAM”)

“Storage Type”

If you choose “Persistent volume storage” please ensure the project (tenant) that you’re launching from has a volume storage allocation - select “Overview” and your “Volumes” and “Volume Storage” (in GB) and your consumption and quota are presented along with other information. Additionally, you need to ensure the volume storage allocation is in the same availability zone as the GVL (for some important related information see “Show advanced startup options”) you’re launching - the availability zone will have been chosen by you when making the allocation request for the project from which you’re launching (if you didn’t ask for volume storage in your allocation request you need to submit an amended allocation request via the dashboard)

“Show advanced startup options”


You need to ensure the placement zone i.e. availability zone is consistent with the volume storage availability zone, if you chose “Persistent volume storage”.