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NCI makes a splash at AGU

NCI staff presented four papers at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting in San Francisco in December.

As the largest Earth and Space Sciences conference in the world, AGU had an incredible 24,000 attendees.

With a combination of more 10PB of research data storage supported by the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project and 57,000 cores on our Raijin supercomputer, NCI is unique in the world in its data management innovation. Presentations by NCI staff at AGU included three oral presentations and a poster.

Associate Director Dr Ben Evans was invited to submit two papers on NCI’s work in High Performance Data: ‘Computational Environments and Analysis methods available on the NCI HPC and HPD Platform’ and ‘NCI HPC and HPD Platform to Support the Analysis of Petascale Environmental Data Collections’. These presentations showcased NCI’s new systems for data intensive research, which are supported by powerful systems: peak clusters, high end clouds, and fast data storage. Both presentations received positive audience feedback, in particular from the major US and European science agencies present (including NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Science Labs, NSF and GEOSS). One audience member said NCI is seen as the ‘future for data intensive science at the petascale and beyond’.

Data Collections Manager Dr Jingbo Wang gave a talk entitled ‘Large-Scale Data Collection Metadata Management at NCI’ in a competitive and popular session about the future of data intensive research. Dr Wang’s presentation included information on how NCI is architecting its data and metadata systems for optimal management and discovery. Dr Wang’s recognition demonstrates the high quality and impact of NCI’s work in data management within the community.

Dr Jingbo Wang with Professor Dan McKenzie of the University of Cambridge at the AGU meeting.

Dr Jingbo Wang with Professor Dan McKenzie of the University of Cambridge at the AGU meeting.

Finally, Adjunct Fellow Dr Lesley Wyborn (formerly at Geoscience Australia) gave a popular talk on ‘Collaboratively Architecting a Scalable and Adaptable Petascale Infrastructure to Support Transdisciplinary Scientific Research for Australian Earth and Environmental Sciences’.

All four papers were a strong collaborative effort with researchers at NCI’s partner organisations, including Geoscience Australia, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), Macquarie University, the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), the University of Queensland, and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.

View all four of NCI’s AGU presentations


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