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Yearly Archives: 2016

  • NCI BECOMES FIRST AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATION TO JOIN OPENPOWER FOUNDATION

    NCI BECOMES FIRST AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATION TO JOIN OPENPOWER FOUNDATION

    Media Release: Friday 16 December 2016 NCI purchases latest IBM Power System for High Performance Computing (HPC) servers to propel AI, deep learning and advanced analytics Australia's national research computing facility, National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), has become the first Australian organisation to join the OpenPOWER Foundation, a global open technical community enabling collaborative development and industry growth. NCI has additionally purchased four of IBM’s latest Power System servers for High Performance Computing (HPC) to underpin its research efforts through artificial intelligence, deep ... Read More

  • Australian computational innovation leads development of world-class Medical Genome Reference Bank

    Australian computational innovation leads development of world-class Medical Genome Reference Bank

    MEDIA RELEASE FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER 2016 Medical research in Australia and throughout the world will benefit greatly from the development of the Medical Genome Reference Bank, the world’s first publicly available genome bank specifically of healthy older people, developed by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, funded by NSW Health and powered by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). With the technical expertise and computational performance available at NCI, over 1200 whole human genome sequences are now available to researchers worldwide through an online ... Read More

  • NCI welcomes 40% boost in computational capacity from January 2017

    NCI welcomes 40% boost in computational capacity from January 2017

    10 November 2016 The National Computational Infrastructure, NCI, has announced that XENON Systems has been awarded the contract to supply a Lenovo NeXtScale system as an extension of Raijin, NCI’s current peak facility, which was commissioned in 2013. In a competitive procurement, NCI selected XENON for multiple reasons. As well as offering the best value for money, NCI had confidence in Lenovo’s space-efficient platform and in XENON’s capacity to commission the system in readiness for 2017. As researchers’ requirements for access to high-performance ... Read More

  • Open data and augmented reality earn GovHack team top prize

    Open data and augmented reality earn GovHack team top prize

    Pokémon Go, but with real animals. This was the inspired idea that earned Team YAMM 1st Prize for best use of NCRIS Australian environment datasets at the recent GovHack Hackerspace 2016. The top award included prize money provided by the National Computational Infrastructure. Prompted by the success of Pokémon Go, Team YAMM saw a unique opportunity to connect people to the great outdoors using a combination of mobile technology and ecosystem data sourced from the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and the Atlas of Living Australia ... Read More

  • NCI congratulates recipients of ARC and NHMRC funding

    NCI congratulates recipients of ARC and NHMRC funding

    NCI is excited to see this week's ARC and NHMRC funding announcement by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training. The funding from the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council provides support for researchers all over the country, covering many different disciplines. We are pleased to see so many NCI users receiving funding for their work, including Associate Professor Nerilie Abram for her work on climate change and rainfall, Professor Carola Vinuesa for her work ... Read More

  • NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors

    NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors

    The National Computational Infrastructure in Canberra, Australia’s national advanced computing facility, is the first Australian institution to deploy the latest generation of Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors, formerly code named ‘Knights Landing’. As of early this month, thirty-two Intel Xeon Phi processors are online and available to researchers at NCI, following the institution’s inclusion in Intel’s early ship program. The new processors, integrated in advanced systems from hardware vendor SGI, place NCI at the leading edge of high performance computing in Australia, ... Read More

  • NCI CONGRATULATES NEW ARC CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

    NCI CONGRATULATES NEW ARC CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

    MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 8 September 2016 The National Computational Infrastructure extends congratulations to the nine new ARC Centres of Excellence following today’s announcement of a $283.5 million commitment by the Turnbull Government. NCI has a long and sustained record of supporting ARC Centres of Excellence, providing the essential high-performance compute, cloud and data services and expert support that underpin their research missions. NCI is pleased to welcome to its Flagship Scheme two of the new Centres, which have been successful in their rebid from ... Read More

  • How NCI’s high-performance data is driving innovative climate change research

    How NCI’s high-performance data is driving innovative climate change research

    After sweltering through Australia’s warmest year to date, the National Computational Infrastructure’s petascale contribution to Earth System Science has never been more critical. NCI’s resolution to sustain breakthrough research in climate change is largely embodied within the availability and accessibility of data contributing to the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5, otherwise known as the CMIP5 multi-model ensemble. This data collection, hosted on NCI’s high performance Lustre filesystem, provides researchers with the framework for decadal-scale coordinated climate modelling experiments, and is ... Read More

  • A $14 Million investment in NCI’s supercomputing and data storage capacity

    A $14 Million investment in NCI’s supercomputing and data storage capacity

    The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has received an $7M boost from the Australian Government, matched dollar-for-dollar by the NCI Collaborating partners. The funding will ensure the ongoing delivery of NCI’s supercomputing services to more than 4,000 researchers in more than 80% of Australian universities, together with government science agencies, medical research institutes, and industry, and will pave the way for the next-generation peak system. The $14M investment will provide a valuable 30% uplift in NCI’s supercomputer capability and throughput to provide better ... Read More

  • NCI user recognised for innovative engineering work

    NCI user recognised for innovative engineering work

    Simon Brandi Mortensen from NCI industry partner DHI has been recognised as one of Australia's top 50 most innovative engineers by Engineers Australia. The recognition is for work he has done on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, using NCI to model the grounding risk of large ships off the coast of Australia. As ship traffic to and from Australia increases in the next decade, understanding where and when ships are most at risk of grounding will help us design ... Read More

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