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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle Background

The University of Newcastle (UoN), informally known as Newcastle University, is an Australian public university established in 1965. It has a primary campus in Callaghan, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales. The university also operates campuses in Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore, Newcastle CBD and Sydney CBD.

Historically, the University of Newcastle Medical School has implemented the problem-based learning system for its undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine program – a system later mandated for use by the Australian Medical Council throughout Australia. It pioneered use of the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) in the early 1990s. UMAT has since been accepted widely by different medical schools across Australia as an additional selection criteria.


Pacific Teck partnered with Intel and Dell to perform a 697TB Lustre installation at the University of Newcastle.

Project Introduction
The University of Newcastle


2 metadata servers and 4 object storage service servers set up in pairs. All servers were Dell PowerEdge R630 and utilized E5-2690 v3 CPUs. The interconnect selected was FDR.

Pacific Teck’s Role

Pacific Teck worked closely with Intel to communicate the necessary information and test the builds. When installing Lustre these hardware variables as well as software variables need to be taken into account to make a custom build for each environment. In a dynamic environment, there have been some cases where variables change before the build is implemented and must be redone. It is a complicated process that Pacific Teck helped Newcastle, Intel, and Dell navigate successfully.

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