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Yearly Archives: 2015

  • In case you missed it: the best of 2015

    In case you missed it: the best of 2015

    It’s been another big year for NCI so we’ve put together a summary to showcase some of the many highlights of 2015.January The g/data2 site-wide persistent filesystem enters full production service, expanding from 4.5 PB to 6.7 PB.RMIT signed the NCI Collaboration agreement in January 2015. FebruaryA new high-speed data transfer system for the international ingest of very large datasets is installed.AprilNCI signs a $2M deal with Fujitsu to work with NetApp to supply and install the 8 PB g/data3 filesystem, ... Read More

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    NCI users recognised in Science Academy awards

    Three NCI users have received honorific awards from the Australian Academy of Science.The awards recognise the scientific excellence of researchers in the early stage of their careers through to those who have made life-long achievements.Professor Jeffrey Reimers FAA from the University of Technology, Sydney has won the David Craig Medal.Professor Jeffrey Reimers is a chemist who has pioneered the application of chemical quantum theories in biochemical and technological areas.He has recently used Raijin to find new ways to understand how ... Read More

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    Big data reveals glorious animation of Antarctic bottom water

    A remarkably detailed animation of the movement of the densest and coldest water in the world around Antarctica has been produced using data generated on Australia’s most powerful supercomputer, Raijin.Chief Investigator, Dr Andy Hogg, from the ANU hub of ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science worked with the National Computational Infrastructure’s VizLab team, using a high-resolution ocean model, to produce the animation.So much data was used, that it took seven hours to process just one second of the ... Read More

  • Dr Lesley Wyborn wins prestigious award

    Dr Lesley Wyborn wins prestigious award

    Congratulations to Dr Lesley Wyborn who has received the ‘2015 Outstanding Contributions in Geoinformatics’ award from the Geological Society of America.This prestigious award recognizes Lesley’s tremendous impact across the geoscience and other scientific domains in Australia and around the world.She has been hailed as “the most influential thought leader and practitioner in Australia in the field of cyber infrastructure”.Lesley’s an Adjunct Fellow at NCI. She is currently working with the 10 Pbytes+ NCI National Research Data Collection hosted on the ... Read More

  • NCI supercomputer boosts ARC research capacity in more ways than one

    NCI supercomputer boosts ARC research capacity in more ways than one

    The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) hosted at The Australian National University (ANU) is the nation’s most highly integrated and highest performing supercomputing centre. It supports a vast amount of the computational data-intensive research undertaken in Australia.With funding support from the Australian Research Council (ARC), National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS), and a variety of partner organisations, there may be no other single piece of infrastructure that serves such a wide variety of research at Australia’s universities, Government science agencies and ... Read More

  • Understanding how bushfires spread

    Understanding how bushfires spread

    Bushfires can cause devastating environmental and societal problems in Australia and other fire-prone parts of the world.NCI’s supercomputer facilities are enabling A/Prof Jason Sharples, expert in bushfire dynamics simulation and modelling from UNSW, and his team to use computer modelling to investigate, for the first time in the world, the dynamic fire spread caused by wind–terrain–fire interactions. Sharples said a better understanding of the physical mechanisms that cause fire spread will lead to many environmental benefits for Australia and a decrease ... Read More

  • Raijin helps researchers win award at an international HPC conference

    Raijin helps researchers win award at an international HPC conference

    A team of researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have used the NCI facilities to conduct ground-breaking research that has won an award for outstanding paper at an international conference. The award from the 2015 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2015) in Amsterdam  recognised the significance, scientific quality, timeliness and relevance of the team's work which allows ultra-large scale applications to run and finish successfully despite failure characteristics. Lead researcher and PhD Candidate at ANU, Md. Mohsin ... Read More

  • Predicting popularity

    Predicting popularity

    More than one billion people currently use YouTube, and 300 hours of video are uploaded to the video-sharing website every minute.In this digital age there’s a constant need to better understand social media, how it evolves and the factors and benefits of using tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.NCI’s supercomputer, Raijin, is helping researchers from The Australian National University to understand the lifecycle of YouTube videos - and predict their popularity.In collaboration with technology research centre NICTA, Dr Lexing ... Read More

  • NCMAS applications are open

    NCMAS applications are open

    The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) is the principal competitive program for allocation of high-performance computing resources for scientific research in Australia.In 2016, NCMAS will provide a total of approximately 200 million core-hours on five national HPC facilities to scientific researchers in Australia. HPC resources will be allocated at the following participating facilities for the 2016 calendar year.       - NCI: Raijin (Fujitsu)    - Pawsey Centre: Magnus (Cray)    - VLSCI: Avoca (IBM BlueGene/Q)    - Monash: MASSIVE (SF ... Read More

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