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Yearly Archives: 2017

  • Raijin

    NCI welcomes $70M investment in HPC capability

    18 December 2017 The Board of Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), based at The Australian National University (ANU), welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that it will invest $70 million to replace Australia’s highest performance research supercomputer, Raijin, which is rapidly nearing the end of its service life. The funding, through the Department of Education and Training, will be provided as $69.2 million in 2017-18 and $800,000 in 2018-19. Chair of the NCI Board, Emeritus Professor Michael Barber, said NCI was crucial to Australia’s ... Read More

  • NCMAS allocations now available online

    NCMAS allocations now available online

    The results of the 2018 National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) are now available to view online. In total, there were 156 successful applications, a 66% success rate. Those applications received a total of 222 million hours of computer time, equalling 42% of the total requested amount. The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme is Australia's leading scheme for allocating computing resources on the nation's peak supercomputing systems. Researchers from all Australian research institutions are welcome to apply for computing resources on ... Read More

  • Major release of southern sky astronomical data now available at NCI

    Major release of southern sky astronomical data now available at NCI

    Over 18 terabytes of southern sky imagery sourced from The Australian National University’s SkyMapper telescope is now made available worldwide, thanks to essential ongoing support from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). This is the first data release of its kind for the SkyMapper project, and follows many years of preparation by the ANU SkyMapper team and NCI. Astronomers wishing to learn more about the southern night sky will now have access to an unprecedented amount of imagery and measurements. Dr. Christian Wolf, ... Read More

  • Major award for NCI Commercial Partner DHI

    Major award for NCI Commercial Partner DHI

    Global water engineering company DHI, one of NCI’s Commercial Partners, and the Port of Brisbane have been awarded the Innovative Support Services awards for their NCOS Online tool at the Dredging and Port Construction Innovation Awards 2017. NCOS Online is a new type of cloud service, viewable online, for effectively managing depth constricted vessel traffic for large commercial ports. Using NCI’s Tenjin cloud computer, DHI runs a number of daily scheduled weather forecasts, automated data collection and on-demand vessel traffic calculations. DHI ... Read More

  • NCI users set to benefit from latest round of ARC funding

    NCI users set to benefit from latest round of ARC funding

    Over 60 users of the National Computational Infrastructure have been granted a share of over $333 million in funding from the Australian Research Council. Announced by Education Minister the Hon Simon Birmingham, the latest funding round will directly benefit NCI users across a wide range of scientific disciplines, including earth sciences, economics and astronomy. NCI is pleased to see such a strong level of government support for critical scientific research. Recipients of the ARC funding include Professor Kylie Catchpole of The Australian ... Read More

  • Advanced Theory and Simulations journal set for launch in January 2018, submissions now open

    Advanced Theory and Simulations journal set for launch in January 2018, submissions now open

    A new interdisciplinary journal featuring the latest breakthroughs in computational science is set to launch in January 2018. The premium Wiley journal, titled Advanced Theory and Simulations, is currently looking for academic submissions from across the entire gamut of scientific research in regards to theoretical methods, modeling and simulations. Professor Sean Smith, NCI’s incoming Director, will join twenty-one other international academics on the editorial advisory board for Advanced Theory and Simulations, promoting Australia’s scientific endeavours in the domain of high-performance computing. The whole ... Read More

  • Professor Sean Smith to become Director of NCI

    Professor Sean Smith to become Director of NCI

    MONDAY 17 JULY 2017 Professor Sean Smith has been appointed as the new Director of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) at The Australian National University (ANU). Professor Smith, an internationally prominent computational chemist and nanomaterials scientist, is currently Founding Director of the Integrated Materials Design Centre at UNSW Sydney. Professor Smith has previously served as Director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the five major Department of Energy funded nanoscience research facilities in the United ... Read More

  • NCI supporting new ARC Centre of Excellence to enable 3D exploration of our Universe

    NCI supporting new ARC Centre of Excellence to enable 3D exploration of our Universe

    ARC MEDIA RELEASE A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence will answer fundamental questions in astrophysics including the formation of matter in the Universe—using cutting-edge 3D technology. ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, today launched the new ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), based at the Australian National University, receiving $30.3 million over seven years through the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme. “This new Centre, to be led by 2015 ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Lisa Kewley, will ... Read More

  • NCI NAMED AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST SUPERCOMPUTER

    NCI NAMED AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST SUPERCOMPUTER

    NCI Australia’s Raijin supercomputer has been ranked as Australia’s fastest in the Top500 list released at the International Supercomputing Conference 2017. The Top500 list, published twice a year at the world’s major supercomputing conferences, is a ranking of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)’s Raijin supercomputer comes in at world number 70 with a measured performance of 1.67 Petaflops. Currently, the fastest supercomputer in the world is the Chinese National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi with a 93 Petaflop capacity. When ... Read More

  • NCI users backed in latest ARC funding round

    NCI users backed in latest ARC funding round

    Congratulations to NCI users Professors Michelle Coote and Timothy Baldwin who have been awarded substantial ARC funding for their research efforts. Professor Coote leads the Computer Aided Chemical Design group at ANU and is a Project Coordinator (Modelling) within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. She has been named a 2017 ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and will receive more than $2.3 million to work on “a new approach to the design and optimization of several new classes of catalyst for ... Read More

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