National Computational Infrastructure


Yearly Archives: 2017

  • 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 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

  • Feedback from the 2016 NCI Data Services Survey

    Feedback from the 2016 NCI Data Services Survey

    Thank you to our users who participated in the NCI Data Services survey at the end of 2016. We’ve gone through the results and are following up on the findings both as they apply to NCI’s research tools and data services as well as what we can do to better support the specific community needs to access and utilise data. Your responses provided confirmation that centralised access to well-managed data collections is highly valued and gave us some feedback on where ... Read More

  • Congratulations to new Academy of Science Fellows

    Congratulations to new Academy of Science Fellows

    NCI congratulates the four past and present NCI users who have been announced Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.  Current users Professors Dietmar Müller and Igor Bray, and past users Professors Jennifer Martin and Tim Ralph were among the twenty one new Fellows announced today. Professor Dietmar Müller from the Basin GENESIS Hub at the University of Sydney has been working on understanding geological formations using modelling done on NCI's supercomputer. The modelling is helping us understand the processes that formed our continents. He uses ... Read More

  • New data storage solutions to meet growing demands of Australian researchers

    New data storage solutions to meet growing demands of Australian researchers

    The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has procured two innovative high-performance storage solutions to provide researchers with enhanced capacity and access to the latest developments in advanced data platforms. In 2016 NCI received a most valued $7M boost from the Australian Government’s NCRIS Agility Fund, matched dollar-for-dollar by the NCI Collaboration, to augment the supercomputer and storage capabilities of NCI. The new storage systems, purchased from Fujitsu/NetApp and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will replace NCI’s original 8 Petabyte Lustre filesystem, named gdata1, which ... Read More

  • Heat on for Australia when global temperature increase hits 1.5C

    Heat on for Australia when global temperature increase hits 1.5C

    If global average surface temperatures hit 1.5°C above pre-industrial conditions then a repeat of the coral bleaching that severely damaged the Great Barrier Reef earlier this year becomes more than twice as likely. If the world pushes temperatures up to 2°C more than the pre-industrial world, then it almost triples the odds of another mass bleaching event. These findings from University of Melbourne scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, reported today in Nature Climate Change, are the ... Read More

  • A map of the Hawaiian islands, with approximately parallel blue and red lines showing the formation of the volcanoes of Hawaii.

    Scientists discover how world’s biggest volcanoes formed

    A study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the 168-year-old mystery of how the world’s biggest and most active volcanoes formed in Hawaii. The study found that the volcanoes formed along twin tracks due to a shift in the Pacific Plate’s direction three million years ago. Lead researcher Tim Jones from ANU said scientists had known of the existence of the twin volcanic tracks since 1849, but the cause of them had remained a mystery until now. The ... Read More

  • A satellite image of a vivid red landscape, with a river running vertically through the middle and a small circle from the crater near the centre.

    More ways to access NCI’s petascale data collections

    Did you know that in addition to managing Australia’s largest supercomputer, NCI also play a vital role managing and integrating petascale data collections across the environment, water and geophysics research communities? NCI provides researchers access to an ever-expanding national repository of Earth systems, Earth observations, climate and weather, and geophysical reference data (see This includes the latest Australian weather model products (APS), climate model and gridded products, satellite imagery from Landsat, Sentinel and Himawari, and national and state geophysics data products. Many of ... Read More

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