General conditions of use

All use of eRSA facilities is subject to the “General conditions of use” shown below and will be classified as either:

It is the responsibility of the user to establish the classification of each of their activities by first consulting with the eRSA Service Desk.

General conditions of use

These terms and conditions describe the acceptable and unacceptable or prohibited uses of eRSA facilities, including our high-performance computing (HPC), cloud and storage services. The examples described here are not exhaustive, and we may at any time modify these terms and conditions of use by posting a revised version on the eRSA website. The use of eRSA services must comply with all relevant Commonwealth and State government civil and criminal laws, and all relevant contracts and licensing agreements (Commercial and Open Source).

By accessing and/or using eRSA facilities or services, you agree to these terms and conditions of use.

Unacceptable use includes and is not limited to:

  1. any violation of Commonwealth or State law
  2. use of infrastructure or services for activities that have not been authorised by eRSA
  3. sharing passwords or accounts for any reason
  4. any anti-social behaviour or harassment

Unacceptable use can, at eRSA’s discretion, result in immediate suspension of the account for a minimum of 10 days; the respective institutional, company, or other authorities where relevant will be informed of such incidents. Repeated unacceptable use will result in a personal ban for a period to be determined by eRSA management. In these cases, users have the right of review by the eRSA Management Committee.

Costs incurred to eRSA through unauthorised or unacceptable use will be passed onto the user concerned. Damage other than normal wear and tear and theft of eRSA property is the responsibility of the user who will be liable for replacement.

eRSA user services and system management staff reserve the right, without notice, to:

  1. terminate any user account or service immediately
  2. assign priority to particular jobs
  3. assign computing, storage and communications resources to jobs
  4. suspend or delete a job or process
  5. monitor jobs, including input and output files
  6. collect usage statistics about any accounts
  7. enquire about the nature of any jobs or other usage
  8. request users to leave eRSA venues

Acceptable research use

eRSA encourages the acceptable research use of its facilities and services in all ways that are consistent with eRSA’s mission and with the research objectives of its partner universities. Acceptable use is therefore defined as any use of eRSA’s facilities and services to directly support legitimate research and development. Services at eRSA are provided for a fee, which is generally forwarded to the user’s institution. In most cases, the institutions do not pass costs on to the researcher, but this can be changed at the discretion of your institution. eRSA assumes you have received the permission of your supervisor or department head before using our services.

On behalf of its partner universities, the management of eRSA reserves the right to determine what is and what is not ‘legitimate’ research (subject to appeal through the eRSA Management Committee) or what is a reasonable use of eRSA facilities and services for research purposes.

Acceptable educational use

The use of eRSA facilities for acceptable (non-research) educational and training purposes by any of the three partner universities or other accredited educational institutions is possible and may be negotiated with eRSA.

However, as the eRSA mission does not include support of non-research activities and as it is not funded to do so, please contact eRSA for more information for non-research activities.

Acceptable commercial use

Commercial use includes use by companies and organisations outside eRSA’s partner universities, as well as use undertaken for commercial clients by researchers at the partner universities. State and Federal government agencies are considered to be a special class of ‘commercial’ users.

University-based ‘commercial’ use includes but is not limited to contract research for external agencies, fee-for-service research, research undertaken under the auspices of a CRC or Research Centre substantially funded by external organisations, and research directed at the commercialisation of a product. On behalf of its partner universities, eRSA management reserves the right to determine what is ‘commercial’ research (subject to appeal through the eRSA Management Committee).

Note that software on eRSA systems, including compilers and other tools, might be subject to educational use conditions. Typically these explicitly forbid using the software for commercial projects. By submitting a job, account holders accept sole and personal responsibility for their legal use of any software installed on eRSA systems.

All ‘commercial’ jobs must be notified to eRSA management and must be subject to a written agreement, without which eRSA assumes no responsibility and will accept no liability for an account or job. Running ‘commercial’ jobs without prior permission (generally in the form of a written agreement) from eRSA management is considered unacceptable use: the account will be suspended immediately and the account holder will be invoiced at the current full commercial rate.

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