The Australian National University Supercomputer Facility (ANUSF) was established at the time of the University's purchase of a Fujitsu VP-50/100 vector processor in 1987. The fundamental goals of the Facility are to provide support to researchers and teachers in the application of high performance computing systems through the provision of infrastructure and expertise, including collaborative participation in research and in the promotion to students of the computational approach to problem solving. The high performance computing infrastructure includes visualization and massive data management systems as well as traditional computational platforms.

The ANUSF supports research and teaching staff and postgraduate students in the Institute of Advanced Studies and The Faculties as well as researchers at other Australian universities using the University's major high performance computing systems. Facilities are also made available for undergraduate courses.

The formal objectives of the Facility approved by the Information Technology Strategy Committee achieved in 1996 are:

To provide world-class infrastructure for researchers who require access to HPC systems and ensure that the university remains at the leading edge in its HPC infrastructure and the productive use of HPC systems in support of internationally competitive research programs.

To foster the use of HPC systems in new disciplines as well as in areas traditionally dependent on numerically-intensive computation.

To promote and implement mechanisms to increase career opportunities for computational scientists, including ANUSF staff, and promote computational science as an applications-driven area of academic and computing expertise with a substantial cross-disciplinary nature.

To develop appropriate collaborations with other Australian universities in HPC aimed at sharing the expense and benefits of HPC systems consistent with the University's national role.

To develop, in conjunction with relevant groups, departments and schools, HPC education courses for undergraduates, postgraduates, industry and the community.

To provide a range of other support services and training programs to the High Performance Computing community, eg. visualization, massive data storage & high-speed networks.