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Welcome to the M3 user guide


** User self-help portal upgrade**

There will be an upgrade to our user self-help portal on Wed 1st Sep 2021 between 2 and 5 PM. During this time there may be a brief interruption of service to this portal, which may affect your ability to reset your Unix password, add new users to your project, or to request access to licensed software. This upgrade is an essential maintenance activity.


NCMAS 2022

The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) is a yearly competitive grant that allows researchers access to someof Australia’s largest HPC centres, such as NCI NF, Pawsey and MASSIVE.

For 2022, MASSIVE is running a specialised call and is accepting NCMAS applications in the following areas: * Neuroscience and applications of neuroimaging; * Structural biology including CryoEM processing; and * Machine learning, both techniques development and applications.

Further information on how to apply can be found at


MASSIVE website issues

The main website is experiencing issues with an external hosting provider. We have temporarily redirected traffic to while we are working on a long term fix.


Hardware Refresh Plan 2021 – Update: 17 May 2021**

Please be advised of the following M3 hardware refresh schedule for 2021. These servers are now coming into end-of-life and will be retired this year.

While this will result in a reduction of total CPU capacity for 2021, retiring these servers is necessary to make room for new and faster compute nodes. The 2021 round of procurement for new hardware is expected to be provisioned during the middle of this year and this includes new remote desktop servers to replace those being decommissioned.

Compute Nodes


To be retired by the


Intel Xeon-E5-2680-v3 CPU

end of May 2021



GRID K1 Desktop

end of August 2021


Intel Xeon-E5-2680-v3 CPU


middle of November 2021

m3h[001,015] m3h[003-008] m3h[010,011]

Intel Xeon-E5-2680-v4 CPU


middle of November 2021

We will be enabling the appropriate mechanisms (e.g., SLURM reservation) to ensure that these nodes will be idle of running jobs prior to their retirement. Please check your job scripts to ensure they do not specify these nodes using --nodelist.


Planned maintenance outages

We have scheduled quarterly outages for the M3 cluster. This is to ensure we communicate scheduled outages to our HPC users in advance. Where possible, we perform rolling upgrades with the cluster online. However, sometimes we have to perform upgrades that require the cluster to be taken offline. These include:

  • system software upgrades;

  • network maintenance;

  • bug and security patches; and

  • hardware maintenance

This site contains the documentation for the MASSIVE HPC systems. M3 is the newest addition to the facility.

Using M3