Polaris, located in Springfield, just outside of Brisbane, offers a state of the art environment, complete with automatic power back-up, air conditioning and security monitoring, providing a robust platform for Cloud computing and data storage.
Whilst UQ is presently connected to Polaris through high-speed network pipes, the systems currently operate separately and users are responsible for initiating data movement between the storage systems.
MeDiCI will deliver a hierarchical storage fabric with cache nodes on campus, and a high-speed network to Polaris. This allows researchers on campus to access local, high-speed storage, whilst leveraging QRIScloud.
Importantly, data will be migrated automatically between campus caches and Polaris over secure dedicated network pipes, providing an illusion of large data holdings on campus. Data can then be processed on campus or at Polaris using QRIScompute - QRIScloud's compute service - and/or UQ's new data-intensive high performance computer, FlashLite, which is also housed at Polaris. This will allow unprecedented access to data collections.
RCC is testing commercial off-the-shelf components, and expects to introduce a prototype service during 2016.