Delivering sustainable Research Infrastructure

Dr Carina Kemp1, Mr Gavin Kennedy1, Dr Frankie Stevens1, Mr Ryan Fraser1

1AARNet, Sydney, Australia

AARNet has conducted broad and rigorous engagement across the Australian Research Ecosystem over the last 12 months with shareholders, researchers and research infrastructure providers. The aim of the engagement was to determine where AARNet can provide value towards sustainable and long term research infrastructure moving forward in much the same way that we have been providing network services for the last 30 years.

This engagement has involved AARNet partnering with the research community to understand their needs and it indicated that there was a gap in the market for a base level of standardised, sustainable and research ready infrastructure to accelerate the research capability of the research community across Australia. This infrastructure would be an extension of a Universities IT infrastructure ready to use on their network and supplement specialised discipline specific eResearch  and National High Performance Computing Infrastructures.

Institutions are currently managing individually the high cost of infrastructure to enable large-scale science, research and education. This had led to a number of gaps common across the “eResearch landscape”.

One of AARNet’s  key strategic pillars is to deliver customer value through a National Research Data Infrastructure. The engagement identified an opportunity for AARNet to expand on the existing CloudStor Active Research Data Storage and Analysis services to deliver a portfolio of eResearch Infrastructure Services to address some of the gaps identified during our extensive engagement and partnering across the community.

AARNet has now determined a technical roadmap to deliver these services to enable production services for our members in 2021.


As the Director of eResearch at AARNet, Dr Kemp, leads a team building digital infrastructure to support Australian Researchers solve the worlds greatest challenges from the backbone network to enable the movement of big and small data through to easy to use tools for researchers in a trusted cloud environment.

Dr Kemp, holds a number of qualifications including a PhD from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Science (Geology and Geophysics) from the University of New South Wales. She has a technical background in geology, physics, mathematics and computer engineering