NeSI is set up under a Crown Funding Agreement. That agreement governs how NeSI HPC Compute and Analytics Services are to be allocated across the Collaborating Institutions (University of Auckland, University of Otago, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) and other users of this Service as specified below.  

Allocation Class Entitlement to consumed compute capacity (by dollar value)
Collaborating Institutions At most 60%
Subscriptions (provides access to Non-Collaborators on terms similar to Collaborators) and Commercial contracts At least 20%
Merit (which includes Postgraduate and Proposal Development access) At least 20%


NeSI Access Policy

Access to NeSI Services is governed by the NeSI Access Policy, with NeSI Project allocations (e.g. for HPC and Consultancy Services) provided to a Researcher and/or Research Team to:

  • Support the delivery of HPC dependent objectives in an approved programme of Research, or
  • Through a small, development allocation, either gain a better understanding of NeSI HPC services, or enable you to estimate HPC requirements for a future NeSI Project application (see below).

Successful applicants will be given a Project Allocation in one of four Allocation Classes:

  • Merit,
  • Proposal Development,
  • Postgraduate, or
  • Institution (i.e. Collaborator or Subscriber)

As described in Table 1 the class a researcher or research team will be allocated to depends on:

  • Their HPC experience,
  • Their institutional affiliation, and
  • The source of funding for the Research Project.

Table 1: The types of NeSI Project Allocations available to researchers and base job priority associated with each Application Class, and the maximum number of concurrent NeSI Projects that any Project Owner (PO) may have.  The base priority determines the rate at which jobs move through the job queues on the HPCs.

Allocation Class

Job base Priority

Maximum Concurrent Projects per PO

Who may apply (i.e. the Project Owner)




Any researcher domiciled in New Zealand that is carrying out peer-reviewed Public Good funded scientific research;

Note: Postgraduates and researchers from Collaborator and Subscriber institutions are not normally eligible for Merit Allocations.

Proposal Development



A researcher or research team from any New Zealand research institution. This class is provided so that a research team can quickly access and assess NeSI HPC Compute and Analytics services, and better estimate their requirements when applying for a Merit, Postgraduate or Institutional allocation.




Postgraduate research students from any New Zealand University except the University of Auckland and the University of Otago.

Institution (Collaborator)



Investigators from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research (MWLR).

Investigators from the University of Auckland, and the University of Otago.

Institution (Subscriber)



Staff (and postgraduate students, if any) at an Institution that has negotiated a Subscription with NeSI. A Subscription provides a block allocation of HPC resources on Mahuika and/or Maui that can be managed by the subscribing institution.


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