National Computational Infrastructure


Yearly Archives: 2018

  • NCI talks supercomputers with students at biggest Science in ACTion ever

    NCI talks supercomputers with students at biggest Science in ACTion ever

    NCI showcased all things supercomputers at the Science in ACTion exhibition in Canberra on the 10th and 11th of August, and this year's event was the biggest yet by far. Thousands of students and members from the local community visited the National Science Week event over two massive days. This year, we were pleased to be able to present unique high-performance computing hardware, stunning volumetric visualisation software and lots, lots more. We gave away countless papercraft models of Raijin, the nation's fastest ... Read More



    The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) will lead a major new NCRIS-supported research infrastructure project to allow Australian researchers and policy makers to analyse the next generation of international climate data. The Climate Science Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (Climate DEVL) project will bring together international reference datasets and observations in a virtual environment linked to Australia’s fastest supercomputer. In particular, the Climate DEVL will enable Australia to import the World Climate Research Programme’s Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) data, which will ... Read More

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    NCI Commercial Partner DHI receives another major award

    Global water engineering company DHI, one of NCI’s Commercial Partners, and the Port of Brisbane have been awarded the Smart Infrastructure Project award at Infrastructure Partnerships Australia's National Infrastructure Awards. The award is for the world-leading NCOS Online technology developed by DHI to help manage large-vessel traffic in the Port of Brisbane. 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 ... Read More

  • NCI welcomes Government’s Research Infrastructure Investment Plan

    NCI welcomes Government’s Research Infrastructure Investment Plan

    The Australian Government has released its Research Infrastructure Investment Plan in response to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap led by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel. The plan includes $6.3 million in 2021-22 to augment the $70 million announced in December 2017 for the commissioning of NCI’s next-generation supercomputer. A further $72.2 million in capital expenditure has been allocated for eResearch projects. NCI will lead a Scoping Study outlined in the Plan, related to the optimisation of Australia’s climate and weather forecasting ... Read More

  • Satellite data at the click of a button

    Satellite data at the click of a button

    Geoscience Australia and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) are today launching a tool that makes viewing satellite imagery of Australia easier than ever. The Sentinel Australia Regional Access (SARA) portal is a new, user-friendly interface enabling the public to easily access the latest images of the Australian landscape beamed down to Earth from the constellation of European Sentinel satellites. The SARA portal makes it possible for researchers from a range of disciplines to unlock the potential of this vast resource of Earth ... Read More

  • Creating a superhighway for big data across the Pacific

    Creating a superhighway for big data across the Pacific

    NCI and Singapore’s National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) have connected Australian and Singaporean researchers at unprecedented speeds. Today's research environments depend on collaboration, high-speed access to large datasets and high-performance computing resources. To meet the needs of Australia, Singapore and the wider Asian research community, NCI in Australia and NSCC in Singapore, in collaboration with Australia’s Academic Research Network (AARNet) and the Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN), have built the ‘Asia Pacific Research Platform’ for regional high-speed data sharing and the capability to share high-performance computing resources. The Asia ... Read More

  • Vale Will Douglas

    Vale Will Douglas

    07.09.1976 – 19.02.2018 NCI is mourning the death of Development Project Manager Dr William Douglas, who passed away last week after suffering a heart attack. Will was an invaluable member of the NCI Team and contributed significantly to many projects. The recent funding allocation for NCI’s next generation supercomputer is a lasting reminder of the impact of Will’s drive and persistence in supporting science in Australia. With a passion for intellectual endeavour, Will completed a PhD at ANU in 2010 on 20th-century ... Read More

  • New data collections released

    New data collections released

    One of NCI's roles is in improving access to national reference datasets for high-performance computational modelling and analysis. A key aim is to provide this in a way that supports programmatic data access either directly on NCI systems or for access externally via NCI data services. To this end, NCI's Data Catalogue has recently been updated with a batch of new entries, including new datasets and data collections and updates to their filesystem locations and data service endpoints. These include: ESGF Australian datasets, including CMIP5, ... Read More

  • New big data platform to revolutionise geoscience

    New big data platform to revolutionise geoscience

    NCI will join a group of Australian research infrastructure organisations to bring together a vast collection of previously incompatible geoscience datasets that scientists can use to improve our understanding of the Earth beneath us. The result for Australia will be improved earth monitoring, underpinning civil, mining, agriculture and environmental stewardship, as well as improved detection, extraction and protection of energy, water and mineral resources. This innovative undertaking, led by AuScope, will be funded by $425,000 from Federal Government’s Australian National Data Service (ANDS), the National ... Read More

  • Emeritus Professor Michael Barber appointed as Officer in the Order of Australia (AO)

    Emeritus Professor Michael Barber appointed as Officer in the Order of Australia (AO)

    The Chair of NCI's Board, Emeritus Professor Michael Barber, has been appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List. The full Australian Honours citation recognises Professor Barber's "distinguished service to higher education administration, and in the field of mathematical physics, particularly statistical mechanics, as an academic and researcher, and through contributions to science policy reform." Professor Barber has contributed significantly to the advancement of science and education in Australia through the various tenures and initiatives ... Read More

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