Swinburne Research Cloud - Quickstart Guide

Welcome to the Swinburne Research Cloud quickstart guide. Here we'll show you how to quickly get up and running with a basic virtual machine.


The Swinburne Research Cloud is what is know as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), providing Australian astronomers with on-demand, raw IT infrastructure such as CPUs, networking and storage, in a flexible and scalable manner.

Typical uses of the Swinburne Research Cloud include:

  • Deploying compute resources for running simulation and data analysis software.
  • Hosting of websites, databases, web applications and other online resources.
  • Establishing customised access to online data sets and data analysis tools.
  • Hosting of online research tools and domain-specific virtual laboratories.

The Swinburne Research Cloud is part of the Nectar Research Cloud, so for more detailed instructions you can also go to the Nectar Knowledge Base or visit the Nectar Research Cloud Tutorials.

Trial projects

When joining Nectar, all researchers initially (and without applying for additional resources) get a trial project with 2 VCPUs (virtual CPUs) allocated for 3 months. This means you can run 1 Medium or 2 Small virtual machines for three months. Or 1 small VM for a total of 6 months. To get more resources, you need to join a project or apply for one.


Australian astronomers can gain access to the reserved resources of the Swinburne Research Cloud through the application process, after you have created a Nectar account.

Dedicated astronomy access on the Swinburne cell within the NeCTAR Cloud network is funded by the Astronomy National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) via Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) with support from Swinburne IT services and the Swinburne node of Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS).