Australian Research Container Orchestration Service (ARCOS)

About ARCOS 

Australian Research Container Orchestration Service (ARCOS) is a community, driven by various national institutions with the aim of establishing a national Kubernetes service and promoting use of containers in research. After rigorous community consultation, the group has released the first draft of "A National View of Containers and Kubernetes in Research". The key findings of the consultations were the opportunities and challenges in the Australian research sector stated as follows: 



How can software containers help your research?

The approach

ARCOS intends to address the opportunities and challenges by employing a four tier approach as outlined in the infographic. Firstly, by building a community with an aim to raise awareness, engage national research institutions and foster collaborations. Secondly, by promoting best practices through training of research software engineers, adoption of current practices and by creation of reference implementation. Thirdly, by providing user support, where trained experts and champions support the research software community. Finally, providing user experience by holding regular events, training and national community meetings. 

The details of consultation and briefing can be found in - Slides, Video, Paper

Join Us

ARCOS Symposium - 15 Feb 23

Join us for a half-day ARCOS (Australian Research Container Orchestration Service) Symposium on 15 February 2023. The virtual symposium gathers ARCOS members and other interested parties to share expertise, discuss use cases of containers and Kubernetes, and learn about the solutions and services being implemented for modern research. 

Featured talk

Participating Organisations

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