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Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project

The Australian Government's 2009‐10 Budget included an announcement of $50 million to be devoted to the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project to enhance data centre development and support retention and integration of nationally significant data assets into the national collaboration and data fabric.

RDSI will be providing providing significantly increased capacity for research data holdings; developing and improving associated access and data sharing capabilities; and enhancing the capability and capacity to provide research data services to the sector. The result is intended to be a data storage framework that will assist institutions and researchers to more effectively use, manage, share and preserve much larger holdings of research data.

The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project, an initiative of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, is funded from the Education Investment Fund under the Super Science (Future Industries) initiative. [RDSI website - - 15 March 2013]

Some general RDSI Notes
  • $50M investment, UQ Lead Agent
  • 6 primary, 4 additional nodes
  • 150-200 PB by 2014
  • 100Gb/sec node interconnect
  • 70% nationally merit allocated
  • Storage for large national collections
  • Shared access by research communities, both natation and international access
  • On-shore data cloud