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Yearly Archives: 2014

  • New precinct supported by NCI

    New precinct supported by NCI

    Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, has announced the partnership of ANU, CSIRO and NCI in the new Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Precinct.The Precinct will bring together the brightest minds from CSIRO and ANU with support from NCI to foster research and innovation essential to food security and environmental challenges.CSIRO researcher Dr Jen Taylor says the partnership will enable collaboration between the three organisations on large projects such as sequencing the genome of one of the globe’s most ... Read More

  • The future of HPC in Australia

    The future of HPC in Australia

    NCI Director Professor Lindsay Botten explains how Australia has developed a national HPC strategy to address the country's unique challenges in science, climate, and economic development.                      This article was first published in HPC 2014-15 from the publishers of Scientific Computing World. Download the documents to read the article:'The future of HPC in Australia' p. 1-2'The future of HPC in Australia' p. 3-4

  • National Prize for Flood Risk project

    National Prize for Flood Risk project

    The Geoscience Australia project, Water Observations from Space (WOfS), with support from NCI was recognised at the annual Resilient Australia Awards this week.Part of the National Flood Risk Information Project, WOfS used decades of satellite imagery to show the history of surface water across the nation since 1987, providing emergency managers with a new understanding of potential flood impacts. The project won the award for nationally significant work in the Government category.“The WOfS project shows a national picture of surface ... Read More

  • Academy awards

    Academy awards

    Two NCI researchers have been honoured by the Australian Academy of Sciences for their contributions to science.Professor Denis Evans and Associate Professor Kylie Catchpole from ANU were awarded the 2015 David Craig Medal for outstanding contributions to chemical research and the Inaugural John Booker Medal in Engineering Science, respectively.Professor Evans has made several outstanding contributions to classical statistical mechanics of nonequilibrium systems. He has long been credited with the derivation of Molecular Dynamics algorithms for computing transport properties of fluids and ... Read More

  • Computer evolution

    Computer evolution

    There are several striking aspects to this article about the University’s Computer Centre, found in a dusty 1970 edition of ANU Reporter.First is the black and white image of Computer Centre staff testing the interface between a computer and one of its “standard processing devices” – a trusty typewriter.Computers have come a long way since then. The days of punch cards and metres-long printouts are now, depending on your age, either a nostalgic memory, a (thankfully) distant awkward stage, or, ... Read More

  • Art + Science = Beauty

    Art + Science = Beauty

    Former NCI employee Jonathan McCabe on his stunning science-inspired computer-aided designs.“I remember seeing this article about the Mandelbrot set in Scientific American in 1985 and becoming really excited about computer graphics,” says Jonathan McCabe.“I had started with simple plotter-based line graphics in the early 80s and ended up creating some more complex graphics and got addicted to it.”McCabe’s new-found passion led him to study at the ANU Australian Center for the Arts and Technology. He then worked at NCI “Le ... Read More

  • New technology takes out top prize

    New technology takes out top prize

    A revolutionary rock sampling technology co-developed by ANU and UNSW researchers using NCI’s supercomputer has won the 2014 UNSW Innovation of the Year Award.Professors Val Pinczewski and Christoph Arns from the School of Petroleum Engineering at UNSW won the award for their contribution to the project.The technology produces digital 3D images and simulations of fluids in rock samples, giving companies crucial information to help them work out the best way to extract oil and gas and was seen as a ... Read More

  • New National Environmental Data Collection

    New National Environmental Data Collection

    With the support of RDSI, NCI is establishing the National Environmental Research Data Collection (NERDC), the first of its kind in Australia. The collection comprises more than 8 PB of data spanning national datasets in five areas:Earth System Science, Climate & Weather ModelsEarth & Marine ObservationsGeoscience ObservationsTerrestrial Ecosystems ObservationsWater & Hydrology ObservationsBy bringing these nationally important datasets together within the highly integrated data and computational environment of NCI, researchers will be able to use the data in ways that wouldn’t ... Read More

  • Unlocking the time machine

    Unlocking the time machine

    Since 2005, Dr Adam Lewis and the team at Geoscience Australia’s National Earth & Marine Observations Group have worked to maximise the value and impact of images taken from space by earth observation satellites. Their Data Cube prototype, using high performance computing and RDSI-funded storage facilities at NCI, represents a new paradigm in analysing and providing public access to these massive datasets.“The Data Cube evolved because we’ve become good at receiving and calibrating large amounts of satellite data,” says Dr Lewis.“We ... Read More



    Dr Burne and his colleagues from ANU, University of Western Australia (UWA) and rock imaging company Lithicon, have found microbes can become encrusted by stevensite, which protects their delicate insides and provides the rigidity to allow them to build reef-like structures called “microbialites”.“Microbialites are the earliest large-scale evidence of life on Earth,” Dr Burne said.“They demonstrate how microscopic organisms are able to join together to build enormous structures that sometimes rivalled the size of today's coral reefs.”He said the process ... Read More

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