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Yearly Archives: 2018

  • Talking Shop: Making the most of the data deluge with GSKY

    Talking Shop: Making the most of the data deluge with GSKY

    NCI has created the new GSKY data service and software to make analysis and management of world-leading earth observation datasets easier than ever. Read on to find out the story behind this revolutionary data service. Problem: Data Wrangling Much like sustained wet weather, the ongoing ‘data deluge’ – a figurative flood of information – presents the research community with both enormous opportunities and not-so-trivial challenges. A staggering amount of data has been collected from different sources and continues to grow at exponentially increasing ... Read More

  • NCI's GSKY HPD service enhances Digital Earth Australia

    NCI’s GSKY HPD service enhances Digital Earth Australia

    The world-leading data produced by Digital Earth Australia will become even more accessible thanks to the new GSKY data service and software created by NCI. Geoscience Australia’s Digital Earth Australia will provide government and businesses with unprecedented access to satellite data tailored for Australia. Digital Earth Australia’s massive time-series datasets of Australian digital imagery, combined with NCI’s GSKY service, provides an online tool that will allow farmers, land managers, researchers and government to explore changes in the Australian landscape, be it water ... Read More

  • Award-winning NCI VizLab artist collaboration

    Award-winning NCI VizLab artist collaboration

    NCI’s VizLab, known around the world for its expertise in producing beautiful and valuable scientific visualisations, has had a successful few weeks. NCI would like to congratulate long-time user and artist Dr Erica Seccombe for winning the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Australia’s premier prize for art reflecting natural science and the environment. Dr Seccombe has been a user of NCI’s visualisation tools and expertise for many years, developing her own expertise in manipulating the NCI-developed Drishti visualisation software. This ... Read More

  • 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

  • VIRTUAL LABORATORY TO MANAGE BIGGEST CLIMATE DATA YET

    VIRTUAL LABORATORY TO MANAGE BIGGEST CLIMATE DATA YET

    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

  • Orange and brown islands stand out in vivid contrast from a green lake in this top down satellite image.

    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

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