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  • 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 https://datacatalogue.nci.org.au). ... Read More

  • New Flagship allocations recognise outstanding Australian science

    New Flagship allocations recognise outstanding Australian science

    NCI is pleased to announce that two ARC Centres of Excellence have been added to its Flagship Scheme, in recognition of their commitment to high-impact science in Australia. These are: ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies; ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science 25 million compute hours are ... Read More

  • Ever-expanding NCI data services

    Ever-expanding NCI data services

    You will be aware that NCI manages Australia’s largest supercomputer, but did you know that we also play a vital role managing data from the environment, water and geophysics research communities? NCI provides researchers access to an ever-expanding national repository of earth systems, observations, climate and weather, and geophysical reference ... Read More

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    NCI’s GPU infrastructure grows

    NCI has augmented its growing segment of GPU infrastructure with 8 new Pascal P100 GPU accelerators from NVIDIA. These new accelerators represent the next-generation of graphics processors for supercomputing. As evidenced by the rapid uptake and continuing demand for the 120 Kepler K80 GPUs installed in the past year, there is clear interest in the Australian computational ... Read More

  • Students and teachers visit NCI

    Students and teachers visit NCI

    Three groups of students and teachers visited NCI in January as part of the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) and the National Science Teachers Summer School. They all enjoyed tours of NCI's data hall and plant room, as well as a variety of activities including an introduction to coding, a ... Read More

  • Game-Changing Compound Research an Award Winner for NCI User

    Game-Changing Compound Research an Award Winner for NCI User

    Dr. Babarao was the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Victoria Fellowship in Physical Sciences, as well as the RACI 2016 Rennie Memorial Award for excellence in research in Chemical Science. With the supercomputing facilities available at NCI, Dr. Babarao used advanced simulations to accelerate the discovery of new porous materials, particularly ... Read More

  • NCI BECOMES FIRST AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATION TO JOIN OPENPOWER FOUNDATION

    NCI BECOMES FIRST AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATION TO JOIN OPENPOWER FOUNDATION

    Media Release: Friday 16 December 2016 NCI purchases latest IBM Power System for High Performance Computing (HPC) servers to propel AI, deep learning and advanced analytics Australia's national research computing facility, National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), has become the first Australian organisation to join the OpenPOWER Foundation, a global open technical community enabling ... Read More

  • Australian computational innovation leads development of world-class Medical Genome Reference Bank

    Australian computational innovation leads development of world-class Medical Genome Reference Bank

    MEDIA RELEASE FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER 2016 Medical research in Australia and throughout the world will benefit greatly from the development of the Medical Genome Reference Bank, the world’s first publicly available genome bank specifically of healthy older people, developed by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, funded by NSW Health and powered ... Read More

  • NCI welcomes 40% boost in computational capacity from January 2017

    NCI welcomes 40% boost in computational capacity from January 2017

    10 November 2016 The National Computational Infrastructure, NCI, has announced that XENON Systems has been awarded the contract to supply a Lenovo NeXtScale system as an extension of Raijin, NCI’s current peak facility, which was commissioned in 2013. In a competitive procurement, NCI selected XENON for multiple reasons. As well as offering ... Read More

  • Open data and augmented reality earn GovHack team top prize

    Open data and augmented reality earn GovHack team top prize

    Pokémon Go, but with real animals. This was the inspired idea that earned Team YAMM 1st Prize for best use of NCRIS Australian environment datasets at the recent GovHack Hackerspace 2016. The top award included prize money provided by the National Computational Infrastructure. Prompted by the success of Pokémon Go, Team YAMM saw a unique opportunity ... Read More

  • NCI congratulates recipients of ARC and NHMRC funding

    NCI congratulates recipients of ARC and NHMRC funding

    NCI is excited to see this week's ARC and NHMRC funding announcement by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training. The funding from the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council provides support for researchers all over the country, covering many different disciplines. We are pleased ... Read More

  • NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors

    NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors

    The National Computational Infrastructure in Canberra, Australia’s national advanced computing facility, is the first Australian institution to deploy the latest generation of Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors, formerly code named ‘Knights Landing’. As of early this month, thirty-two Intel Xeon Phi processors are online and available to researchers at NCI, following the ... Read More

  • NCI CONGRATULATES NEW ARC CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

    NCI CONGRATULATES NEW ARC CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

    MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 8 September 2016 The National Computational Infrastructure extends congratulations to the nine new ARC Centres of Excellence following today’s announcement of a $283.5 million commitment by the Turnbull Government. NCI has a long and sustained record of supporting ARC Centres of Excellence, providing the essential high-performance compute, cloud and data ... Read More

  • How NCI’s high-performance data is driving innovative climate change research

    How NCI’s high-performance data is driving innovative climate change research

    After sweltering through Australia’s warmest year to date, the National Computational Infrastructure’s petascale contribution to Earth System Science has never been more critical. NCI’s resolution to sustain breakthrough research in climate change is largely embodied within the availability and accessibility of data contributing to the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5, ... Read More

  • A $14 Million investment in NCI’s supercomputing and data storage capacity

    A $14 Million investment in NCI’s supercomputing and data storage capacity

    The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has received an $7M boost from the Australian Government, matched dollar-for-dollar by the NCI Collaborating partners. The funding will ensure the ongoing delivery of NCI’s supercomputing services to more than 4,000 researchers in more than 80% of Australian universities, together with government science agencies, medical research ... Read More

  • NCI user recognised for innovative engineering work

    NCI user recognised for innovative engineering work

    Simon Brandi Mortensen from NCI industry partner DHI has been recognised as one of Australia's top 50 most innovative engineers by Engineers Australia. The recognition is for work he has done on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, using NCI to model the grounding risk of large ships off ... Read More

  • New data collection at NCI set to impact the lives of millions across Asia-Pacific region

    New data collection at NCI set to impact the lives of millions across Asia-Pacific region

    The National Computational Infrastructure in Canberra is set to become the master repository of the South-East Asia/South Pacific regional data hub of Copernicus, Europe’s ambitious and multi-faceted Earth observation programme. In 2015, an agreement between the Australian Government (through Geoscience Australia) and the European Commission cemented Australia’s critical role in the ... Read More

  • New software installed - May 2016

    New software installed – May 2016

    May 2016 amber/16-16.05 boost/1.60.0 cube/4.3.4 gflags/2.1.2 glog/0.3.4 hdf5/1.10.0 intel-advisor/2016.1.30.450722 intel-advisor/2016.1.40.463413 intel-cc/16.0.3.210 intel-fc/16.0.3.210 intel-inspector/2016.1.2.450824 intel-inspector/2016.1.3.460803 intel-ipp/16.0.3.210 intel-mkl/16.0.3.210 intel-mpi/5.1.3.210 intel-tbb/16.0.3.210 intel-vtune/2016.2.0.444464 intel-vtune/2016.3.0.463186 leveldb/1.18 lmdb/0.9.18 lsdyna/R7.0.0 opari2/2.0 openmpi/cuda/7.5/1.10.2 openmpi/cuda/7.5/1.10.2-debug openmpi/cuda/7.5/1.10.2-mt openmpi/cuda/7.5/1.10.2-mt-debug otf2/2.0 protobuf/2.6.1 scalasca/2.3 scorep/2.0.1 snappy/1.1.3 tensorflow/0.8 module avail on Raijin to see more information.

  • GPU nodes now online

    GPU nodes now online

    The recent installation of 14 new GPU nodes on the Raijin supercomputer will offer significant performance increases for users running GPU-optimised code. Chemistry, molecular dynamics and bioinformatics projects who have already transitioned to the GPU's have experienced faster results and increased efficiency. This upgrade gives NCI an additional 163 Tflops, an overall 14% performance boost. Each ... Read More

  • NCI congratulates new Academy of Science Fellows

    NCI congratulates new Academy of Science Fellows

    Two users of NCI have been announced as new Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science. Professors Susan Scott and Simon Foote, both from The Australian National University, have been recognised for ground breaking scientific work during their careers. Professor Susan Scott's work focuses on gravitational waves and general relativity, and ... Read More

  • Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision

    Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision

      A breakthrough by an Australian collaboration of researchers could make infra-red technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defence and other areas using sensing devices, and boosting applications of technology to a host of new areas, such as agriculture. Infra-red devices are used for improved vision through fog ... Read More

  • New software installed on Raijin - March 2016

    New software installed on Raijin – March 2016

    NCI’s User Services team have installed a range of new software on Raijin this month. March 2016 adf/2016.101 amber/14-16.01 ansys/17.0 autoconf/2.69 cdo/1.7.1 cfdpp/15.1 cfx/17.0 ffmpeg/3.0 fluent/17.0 gatk/3.5 hdf5/1.8.16t intel-cc/16.0.2.181 intel-fc/16.0.2.181 intel-ipp/16.0.2.181 intel-mkl/16.0.2.181 intel-mpi/4.0.3.008 intel-mpi/4.1.0.030 intel-mpi/4.1.3.049 intel-tbb/16.0.2.181 ipm/2.0.2 ipm/2.0.5 libjpeg-turbo/1.4.90 matserver/2016 nccmp/1.8.2.0 nextgenmap/0.4.12 papi/5.4.1 papi/5.4.3 papi/5.4.3-cuda parpack/2.1 samtools/1.3 vasp/5.4.1 virtualgl/2.5 module avail on Raijin ... Read More

  • New software installed on Raijin - April 2016

    New software installed on Raijin – April 2016

    NCI’s User Services team have installed a range of new software on Raijin this month. metis/5.1.0 parmetis/4.0.3 fftw3/3.3.4 (Single and Double precision) fftw3/3.3.4s (Single precision only) petsc/3.6.3 (Build with Intel MKL FFTW3) petsc/3.6.3-fftw3 (Build with FFTW3 v3.3.4. Includes f03 interface) vasp/5.4.1 (Updated to include patch.5.4.1.14032016. Added -tst executables) BioPerl-1.6.923 installed ... Read More

  • Australia ensured access to Sentinel data

    Australia ensured access to Sentinel data

    MEDIA RELEASE - European Space Agency31 March 2016 ESA and Australia's national geological survey, Geoscience Australia, today agreed to cooperate to ensure data from the EU’s Sentinel satellites are accessible in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.The agreement supports the Australian government and European Commission’s partnership to ensure the EU’s Copernicus ... Read More

  • Plants boost extreme temperatures by 5°C

    Plants boost extreme temperatures by 5°C

    Heatwaves from Europe to China are likely to be more intense and result in maximum temperatures that are 3°C to 5°C warmer than previously estimated by the middle of the century - all because of the way plants on the ground respond to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.This projected temperature ... Read More

  • Geologists discover how Australia's highest mountain was created

    Geologists discover how Australia’s highest mountain was created

    Geologists from the University of Sydney and the California Institute of Technology have solved the mystery of how Australia’s highest mountain – Mount Kosciusko – and surrounding alps came to exist.Most of the world’s mountain belts are the result of two continents colliding (including the Himalayas) or volcanism. The mountains ... Read More

  • New software installed on Raijin - February 2016

    New software installed on Raijin – February 2016

    NCI’s User Services team have installed a range of new software on Raijin this month. ansys/17.0 llvm/3.6.2 plumed/2.2.1 openmpi/1.10.0 perl/5.22.1 gromacs/5.1.2 gromacs/5.1.2-plumed biopython/1.66 scalasca/2.2.2 namd/2.11 valgrind/3.11.0 module avail on Raijin to see more applications.

  • 2016 Conference Sponsorship

    2016 Conference Sponsorship

    The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) & ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Systems Science (ARCCSS) Annual Conference Bronze level sponsor                  Science meets Parliament Silver level sponsor     Science at the Shine Dome Silver level sponsor   Future Energy Conference Plenary speaker sponsor   GovHack 16   Royal Australian Chemical Institute Physical Chemistry Student Conference   Australian Energy and Water ... Read More

  • Garvan partnership to grapple with big data in genomics

    Garvan partnership to grapple with big data in genomics

    The Garvan Institute of Medical Research has become a collaboration partner of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), bringing together the southern hemisphere’s largest genome sequencing centre and its most powerful supercomputing environment for data-intensive research. Together, the two institutions will develop systems for the secure, centralised storage and analysis of ... Read More

  • New software installed on Raijin

    New software installed on Raijin

    NCI's User Services team have installed a range of new software on Raijin this month. Here is the list: ansys/16.2 dftbp/1.2.2 nag/fll6i24dcl plumed/2.2.0-me geos/3.5.0 lammps/7Dec15 siesta/3.2 dalton/2016 dalton/2015 molpro/2015.1 payu/0.6 module avail on Raijin to see more applications. NCI User Services can be contacted by emailing help@nci.org.au or calling (02) 6125 3437. More information on contacting ... Read More

  • The portal to improve user services

    The portal to improve user services

    NCI’s new online registration portal, Mancini, has enabled more self-service capabilities for users.Users can now register, update account details, lodge requests and connect to NCI projects more quickly and efficiently.Mancini is made up of about 25,000 lines of code and has replaced the old email-intensive registration and approval workflows, giving ... Read More

  • In case you missed it: the best of 2015

    In case you missed it: the best of 2015

    It’s been another big year for NCI so we’ve put together a summary to showcase some of the many highlights of 2015.January The g/data2 site-wide persistent filesystem enters full production service, expanding from 4.5 PB to 6.7 PB.RMIT signed the NCI Collaboration agreement in January 2015. FebruaryA new high-speed data transfer ... Read More

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    NCI users recognised in Science Academy awards

    Three NCI users have received honorific awards from the Australian Academy of Science.The awards recognise the scientific excellence of researchers in the early stage of their careers through to those who have made life-long achievements.Professor Jeffrey Reimers FAA from the University of Technology, Sydney has won the David Craig Medal.Professor ... Read More

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    Big data reveals glorious animation of Antarctic bottom water

    A remarkably detailed animation of the movement of the densest and coldest water in the world around Antarctica has been produced using data generated on Australia’s most powerful supercomputer, Raijin.Chief Investigator, Dr Andy Hogg, from the ANU hub of ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science worked with the ... Read More

  • Dr Lesley Wyborn wins prestigious award

    Dr Lesley Wyborn wins prestigious award

    Congratulations to Dr Lesley Wyborn who has received the ‘2015 Outstanding Contributions in Geoinformatics’ award from the Geological Society of America.This prestigious award recognizes Lesley’s tremendous impact across the geoscience and other scientific domains in Australia and around the world.She has been hailed as “the most influential thought leader and ... Read More

  • NCI supercomputer boosts ARC research capacity in more ways than one

    NCI supercomputer boosts ARC research capacity in more ways than one

    The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) hosted at The Australian National University (ANU) is the nation’s most highly integrated and highest performing supercomputing centre. It supports a vast amount of the computational data-intensive research undertaken in Australia.With funding support from the Australian Research Council (ARC), National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS), ... Read More

  • Understanding how bushfires spread

    Understanding how bushfires spread

    Bushfires can cause devastating environmental and societal problems in Australia and other fire-prone parts of the world.NCI’s supercomputer facilities are enabling A/Prof Jason Sharples, expert in bushfire dynamics simulation and modelling from UNSW, and his team to use computer modelling to investigate, for the first time in the world, the dynamic ... Read More

  • Raijin helps researchers win award at an international HPC conference

    Raijin helps researchers win award at an international HPC conference

    A team of researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have used the NCI facilities to conduct ground-breaking research that has won an award for outstanding paper at an international conference. The award from the 2015 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2015) in Amsterdam  recognised the significance, ... Read More

  • Predicting popularity

    Predicting popularity

    More than one billion people currently use YouTube, and 300 hours of video are uploaded to the video-sharing website every minute.In this digital age there’s a constant need to better understand social media, how it evolves and the factors and benefits of using tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.NCI’s ... Read More

  • NCMAS applications are open

    NCMAS applications are open

    The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) is the principal competitive program for allocation of high-performance computing resources for scientific research in Australia.In 2016, NCMAS will provide a total of approximately 200 million core-hours on five national HPC facilities to scientific researchers in Australia. HPC resources will be allocated at the ... Read More

  • Canberra from space video

    Canberra from space video

    See how the Canberra landscape has changed over the last three decades in this fascinating video created by NCI staff.The video shows 108 images of the Canberra region taken by the USGS/NASA Landsat satellites between 1987 and 2014.The video highlights green vegetation on the ground so differences between seasons and rainy ... Read More

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    Basin GENESIS Hub launched

    NCI is the provider of high-performance computing resources for the $5.4M ARC Research Hub for Basin Geodynamics and Evolution of Sedimentary Systems (GENESIS), which was launched on 19 August 2015.The Basin GENESIS Hub will use computer modelling to fine-tune our understanding of the nation’s sedimentary basins, which hold many of ... Read More

  • Young scientist award for NCI researcher

    Young scientist award for NCI researcher

    NCI-supported CSIRO researcher Dr Ravichandar Babarao has received the 2015 Prosper.net Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development.Dr Babarao has been using Raijin to search for a carbon dioxide-absorbing material for application in sustainable energy systems.“With increasing usage of fossil fuels worldwide, a huge amount of carbon dioxide is being ... Read More

  • A new era of space collaboration between Australia and the US

    A new era of space collaboration between Australia and the US

    MEDIA RELEASEOn 18 June, 2015 in Canberra, Australia, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Geoscience Australia signed a comprehensive new partnership to maximise land remote sensing data that can help to address issues of national and international significance."This partnership builds on a long history of collaboration between the USGS and ... Read More

  • Newly elected AAS Fellows

    Newly elected AAS Fellows

    Congratulations to the four NCI-supported researchers who have been announced as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.Professors Martin Asplund and Malcolm Sambridge from ANU, Maria Forsyth from Deakin University, and Julian Gale from Curtin University were among the 21 new Fellows announced for 2015.              Astronomer Professor Martin Asplund, who was ... Read More

  • Solving corrosive ocean mystery reveals our future climate

    Solving corrosive ocean mystery reveals our future climate

    Around 55 million years ago, an abrupt global warming event triggered a highly corrosive deep-water current to flow through the North Atlantic Ocean.  The current's origin puzzled scientists for a decade, but with the help of NCI’s supercomputer, an international team of researchers has now discovered how it formed. The findings, ... Read More

  • Origins and future of Lake Eyre and the Murray-Darling Basin

    Origins and future of Lake Eyre and the Murray-Darling Basin

    Geoscientists have, for the first time, discovered the origins of Australia’s two largest basins: Lake Eyre and the Murray-Darling Basin. The research also implies that in 30 million years’ time both basins will cease to exist.Monash University geoscientist Associate Professor Wouter Schellart, and his colleague Professor Wim Spakman from Utrecht University, have discovered how ... Read More

  • England set for substantial increase in record-breaking warm years

    England set for substantial increase in record-breaking warm years

    Media releaseThe likelihood of record-breaking warm years in England is set to substantially increase as a result of the human influence on the climate, new research suggests.In a study published today, 1 May, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, an international team of researchers has shown that the chances ... Read More

  • Charge-transfer workshop wrap-up

    Charge-transfer workshop wrap-up

    Dr Rika Kobayashi, NCI Academic Consultant in Computational ChemistryEarlier this month, I presented at the CECAM workshop: “Charge Transfer Modeling in Chemistry: new methods and solutions for a long-standing problem” attended by researchers from all over the world.Charge-transfer (CT) interactions have long been known to be an important chemical phenomenon ... Read More

  • Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC joins NCI

    Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC joins NCI

    NCI is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC. The ACE CRC is Australia's primary vehicle for understanding the role of the Antarctic region in the global climate system, and the implications for marine ecosystems. Their purpose is to provide governments and industry with accurate, timely and ... Read More

  • Storage boost

    Storage boost

    NCI’s storage capacity has been boosted to 44 petabytes.NCI has signed a $2M deal with Fujitsu to work with storage and data management company NetApp to supply and install FAS, E-series and EF all-flash storage arrays with a raw storage capacity of 11 petabytes, bringing NCI’s total raw storage capacity from ... Read More

  • Training at NCI

    Training at NCI

    It’s been a busy start to the year for the NCI user services team. They have already delivered training sessions to NCI users at a number of institutions across Australia.So far they have delivered training at:The Garvan InstituteUniversity of New South WalesThe Australian National UniversityCAASTRO – SydneyGeoscience AustraliaThe user services training efforts ... Read More

  • Drishti helps PhD candidate take out top prize

    Drishti helps PhD candidate take out top prize

    NCI VizLab’s visualisation software, Drishti, has helped ANU School of Art PhD candidate, Erica Seccombe, win the inaugural Paramor Prize for Art and Innovation in Sydney.Seccombe says VIRTUAL LIFE explores how science and art can engage us with the natural world through processes of rational observation and subjective experience.“It reflects ... Read More

  • NCI makes a splash at AGU

    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 ... Read More

  • RMIT joins as collaborator

    RMIT joins as collaborator

    NCI has officially welcomed RMIT as a Collaborator.RMIT signed the NCI Collaboration agreement in January 2015. NCI Director Professor Lindsay Botten said he was delighted to welcome RMIT on board.“RMIT researchers have been amongst the largest, sustained users of NCI’s services for more than a decade, undertaking impactful, applied research. “It ... Read More

  • New precinct supported by NCI

    New precinct supported by NCI

    Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, has announced the partnership of ANU, CSIRO and NCI in the new Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Precinct.The Precinct will bring together the brightest minds from CSIRO and ANU with support from NCI to foster research and innovation essential to food security and ... Read More

  • The future of HPC in Australia

    The future of HPC in Australia

    NCI Director Professor Lindsay Botten explains how Australia has developed a national HPC strategy to address the country's unique challenges in science, climate, and economic development.                      This article was first published in HPC 2014-15 from the publishers of Scientific Computing World. Download the documents ... Read More

  • National Prize for Flood Risk project

    National Prize for Flood Risk project

    The Geoscience Australia project, Water Observations from Space (WOfS), with support from NCI was recognised at the annual Resilient Australia Awards this week.Part of the National Flood Risk Information Project, WOfS used decades of satellite imagery to show the history of surface water across the nation since 1987, providing emergency ... Read More

  • Academy awards

    Academy awards

    Two NCI researchers have been honoured by the Australian Academy of Sciences for their contributions to science.Professor Denis Evans and Associate Professor Kylie Catchpole from ANU were awarded the 2015 David Craig Medal for outstanding contributions to chemical research and the Inaugural John Booker Medal in Engineering Science, respectively.Professor Evans has ... Read More

  • Computer evolution

    Computer evolution

    There are several striking aspects to this article about the University’s Computer Centre, found in a dusty 1970 edition of ANU Reporter.First is the black and white image of Computer Centre staff testing the interface between a computer and one of its “standard processing devices” – a trusty typewriter.Computers have ... Read More

  • Art + Science = Beauty

    Art + Science = Beauty

    Former NCI employee Jonathan McCabe on his stunning science-inspired computer-aided designs.“I remember seeing this article about the Mandelbrot set in Scientific American in 1985 and becoming really excited about computer graphics,” says Jonathan McCabe.“I had started with simple plotter-based line graphics in the early 80s and ended up creating some ... Read More

  • New technology takes out top prize

    New technology takes out top prize

    A revolutionary rock sampling technology co-developed by ANU and UNSW researchers using NCI’s supercomputer has won the 2014 UNSW Innovation of the Year Award.Professors Val Pinczewski and Christoph Arns from the School of Petroleum Engineering at UNSW won the award for their contribution to the project.The technology produces digital 3D ... Read More

  • New National Environmental Data Collection

    New National Environmental Data Collection

    With the support of RDSI, NCI is establishing the National Environmental Research Data Collection (NERDC), the first of its kind in Australia. The collection comprises more than 8 PB of data spanning national datasets in five areas:Earth System Science, Climate & Weather ModelsEarth & Marine ObservationsGeoscience ObservationsTerrestrial Ecosystems ObservationsWater & ... Read More

  • Unlocking the time machine

    Unlocking the time machine

    Since 2005, Dr Adam Lewis and the team at Geoscience Australia’s National Earth & Marine Observations Group have worked to maximise the value and impact of images taken from space by earth observation satellites. Their Data Cube prototype, using high performance computing and RDSI-funded storage facilities at NCI, represents a new ... Read More

  • MARTIAN MINERAL COULD BE LINKED TO MICROBES

    MARTIAN MINERAL COULD BE LINKED TO MICROBES

    Dr Burne and his colleagues from ANU, University of Western Australia (UWA) and rock imaging company Lithicon, have found microbes can become encrusted by stevensite, which protects their delicate insides and provides the rigidity to allow them to build reef-like structures called “microbialites”.“Microbialites are the earliest large-scale evidence of life ... Read More

  • Changing winds send Australia’s rain to Antarctica

    Changing winds send Australia’s rain to Antarctica

    Models run at NCI have revealed why southern Australia is recording more droughts.Using the NCI supercomputing facilities, Dr Steven Phipps from UNSW discovered that greenhouse gases have disrupted the winds that deliver rain to southern Australia, pushing them towards Antarctica instead.“I ran a whole suite of climate model simulations to ... Read More

  • NCI in the news: Mellanox and Redhat Openstack cloud collaborations

    NCI in the news: Mellanox and Redhat Openstack cloud collaborations

    This article originally appeared on insidehpc.com NCI Powers Research in the Cloud with Mellanox, RDMA, and OpenStack April 15, 2014 by Rich Brueckner Today Mellanox announced that the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) at the Australia National University has selected the company’s interconnect technologies to support the nation’s researchers. The NCI deployment combines the Mellanox ... Read More

  • Powering Global Climate Science

    Powering Global Climate Science

    This article by Tiffany Trader was originally published on HPCwire, 10 April 2014 With the much-talked-about upcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), titled “Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change,” scheduled to be released on Sunday, we thought it fitting to highlight the community that makes this ... Read More

  • Matt England NCI

    NCI researchers among Australia’s best

    Eight NCI researchers have been elected to the Australian Academy of Science. Along with just 13 other scientists from around Australia, Professors Michelle Coote, Matthew England, Alan Carey, Rose Amal, Hans Bachor, Peter Gill, Ivan Marusic and Craig Moritz have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to research. “To be elected to ... Read More

  • NCI in the news: How supercomputers predict the weather

    NCI in the news: How supercomputers predict the weather

    Originally published in The Canberra Times, Thursday 20 March 2014by Iain Gillespie The spectacular power of supercomputers, which are helping the world's leading climatologists to wrestle with the vexed issue of global warming, is increasingly being used to benefit everyday users of mobile weather apps. For instance, the perpetual question, ''What's the ... Read More

  • Network hazard Friday 21 March 2014

    Network hazard Friday 21 March 2014

    Hazard Summary Type: Network Hazard Date: Friday 21 March 2014, 1100-1300 Duration: 2 hours Purpose: Network configuration change within the NCI Data Centre  Affected: External and internal network connectivity to NCI services Dear NCI Users, ANU Networks and Communications engineers have recommended a configuration change within the Ethernet-based networking fabric used at ... Read More

  • NCI Scheduled Maintenance

    NCI Scheduled Maintenance

    Maintenance Summary Type: Scheduled major downtime Start: Tuesday 1 April  2014, 1700 AEDT (5:00pm) End:  Tuesday 1 April  2014, 2330 AEDT (11:30pm)Duration: 6.5 Hours Purpose:  • Repair of NCI datacentre mains supply transformers by ActewAGL• Quarterly system maintenance activities by NCI staff. Services Affected: • Raijin (Login nodes, Compute Nodes, Queues, Filesystems)• ... Read More

  • Critical mass not needed for supernova explosions

    Critical mass not needed for supernova explosions

    4 March 2014 (originally published http://www.caastro.org/news/2014-snfactory) Astronomers searching for clues about dark energy, the mysterious force that is speeding up the expansion of the Universe, have uncovered new evidence about the nature of supernovae, finding many are lighter than scientists had expected. The findings, from an international team from the Nearby Supernova Factory ... Read More

  • Update 1 [Final, Service Restored]: External network connectivity to NCI

    Update 1 [Final, Service Restored]: External network connectivity to NCI

    Update 1 : External network connectivity to NCI   Dear NCI Users,   AARNET Network Engineers have successfully carried out additional repairs to the 10 Gigabit Ethernet hardware on the primary NCI-AARNET link overnight.   At 7.30am this morning, ANU Networking staff performed a fail-back to the primary route, reverting from the 1 Gigabit Ethernet alternate ... Read More

  • External network connectivity to NCI

    External network connectivity to NCI

    Hazard SummaryType: Network HazardDate: Thursday 27 February, 6pm. Hazard: 10 GigE NCI-AARNET Link Affected: External network connectivity to NCI services. Dear NCI Users, System monitoring has identified further issues regarding network connectivity to NCI services.  AARNET Network Engineers will switch to a 1GBit backup link at 6pm this evening whilst the primary NCI-AARNET 10GBit link ... Read More

  • External network connectivity to NCI

    External network connectivity to NCI

    Dear NCI Users,   NCI administrators and ANU Network staff are investigating an issue with external network connectivity to NCI services (including Raijin).   Network connections with a source or destination external to the ANU or NCI network boundary are affected. Symptoms include Raijin SSH login failures or very slow transfers from nci.org.au hosts.   Users internal to ... Read More

  • $76M for digital rock start-up

    $76M for digital rock start-up

    A high-technology company set up by The Australian National University and UNSW Australia has been sold for $76 million (US$68 million). The company, Canberra-based Lithicon AS, has been sold to the US-based FEI Company, a world leader in imaging technology for a range of markets, including oil and gas exploration. Lithicon, previously ... Read More

  • Raijin Maintenance - failed hardware component

    Raijin Maintenance – failed hardware component

    Emergency Maintenance: Friday 7 Feb, 6-8pm   Maintenance Summary Type: Emergency Date: Friday 7 February 2014, 6-8pm Duration: 2 Hours Purpose: Replacement of failing 84 disk enclosure Affected: Raijin Lustre Filesystems (short, apps, images, home, system)   Dear NCI Users,   Emergency Maintenance will be performed tonight, Friday 7 February between 6-8pm to replace a failed hardware component.    NCI staff have raised ... Read More

  • Training: Introduction to NCI - Date 20/2/14

    Training: Introduction to NCI – Date 20/2/14

    The training course ‘Introduction to NCI’ will be run for GA staff at Geoscience Australia on Thursday 20th February 9am – 4.30pm.

  • Training: Parallel Programming - Date 19/3/14

    Training: Parallel Programming – Date 19/3/14

    The training course ‘Parallel Programming at NCI’ will run for GA staff at Geoscience Australia on Tuesday 19th March, 9am – 4.30pm.

  • Fortelling our climate future

    Fortelling our climate future

    NCI is pleased to announce increased support for climate change and earth system science research, benefiting both the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, and the major agency partners of NCI, namely BoM and CSIRO.  Through significant external funding initiatives involving a formal collaboration between NCI and its peak system ... Read More

  • VizLab feature in the Faces of Science exhibition

    VizLab feature in the Faces of Science exhibition

    A new portrait photography exhibition capturing the faces of 100 Australian scientists has opened in Canberra taking a contemporary snapshot of Canberra scientists who have made significant contributions to research in science, medicine and health. The Faces of Science exhibition features the work of local Canberra photographer Michael John Hood ... Read More

  • Data Cube - the future of earth observation

    Data Cube – the future of earth observation

    Geoscience Australia is testing a new system for analysing and visualising massive datasets linked to stacks of ‘time slice’ Landsat images. Since 2005 the key objective of the National Earth Observation Group at Geoscience Australia has been to maximise the value and impact of the Earth Observations from Space data ... Read More

  • Incan efficiency to fix food

    Incan efficiency to fix food

    Far from being an ancient food making a boutique comeback, Professor Jill Gready of The John Curtin School of Medical Research thinks quinoa and other traditional crops could be the key to the looming food security crisis. “Food just isn’t on the public horizon and it should be,” says Gready. “We’re ... Read More

  • Massdata Scheduled Maintenance - 12 November 2013

    Massdata Scheduled Maintenance – 12 November 2013

    Dear NCI Users, NCI is in the process of migrating the massdata (mdss) filesystem to new storage infrastructure. The new hardware will grow the disk cache and future expansion capability, improving overall performance and filesystem capacity. While the migration is performed, massdata will be temporarily unavailable. All data will be migrated by ... Read More

  • NCMAS deliberations underway
  • MolSim2014 Downunder

    MolSim2014 Downunder

    MolSim Downunder is a one-week-long workshop providing a thorough grounding in computational chemistry methods. Courses are taught by international speakers and local experts, integrating oral lectures and practical sessions. Topics of this edition will cover the fundaments of molecular dynamics and first-principle electronic structure calculations, both representing ... Read More

  • Now accepting submissions: International Conference on Computational Science

    Now accepting submissions: International Conference on Computational Science

    Authors are invited to submit manuscripts describing original, unpublished research and recent developments in Computational Science by December 15, 2013 All accepted papers will be printed in the conference proceedings published by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science. The theme in 2014 will be: Big Data meets Computational Science. The ... Read More

  • Computational chemistry wins the Nobel

    Computational chemistry wins the Nobel

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was has been awarded jointly to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems". Computational chemistry is solving large scale issues of national importance. Take a look at a handful of the chemistry projects taking shape ... Read More

  • FAQ's

    FAQ’s

    FAQ's have been updated, see http://nci.org.au/access/getting-help/faqs/  

  • Lustre at NCI

    Lustre at NCI

    VIDEO: Watch  Dr Joseph Antony present 'Luster at NCI' at the LAD'13 Lustre Developer Conference in Paris. Click to watch. 

  • One giant leap - Partnership announced for Space Innovation

    One giant leap – Partnership announced for Space Innovation

      NCI is a core partner in the newly announced Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership, an Australian Government investment that will bring together the whole space-sourced data supply chain – from collection via satellite to end consumption.   The new Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership will receive government funding of up to $6 ... Read More

  • Minister Carr launches NCI facilities

    Minister Carr launches NCI facilities

    Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research officially opened the NCI climate high-performance computing centre on Wednesday 31 July. Joined by ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young, BoM CEO Dr Rob Vertessy and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science Professor Andy Pitman, ... Read More

  • Research Profile: Professor Andy Hogg

    Research Profile: Professor Andy Hogg

    Click here to watch NCI Research Profile: Professor Andy Hogg. Associate Professor Andy Hogg, ARC Future Fellow, is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences.Hoggs research interests centre on physical processes governing the ocean and climate.Using the NCI facilities ... Read More

  • Media Release: Minister Carr launches NCI supercomputer

    Media Release: Minister Carr launches NCI supercomputer

      The nation’s most powerful computer was officially launched today at the opening of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computing centre at The Australian National University (ANU). Named after the Japanese god of thunder, lightning and storms, Raijin can perform the same number of calculations in one hour that would ... Read More

  • NCI turns to Dell for High Performance Science Cloud

    NCI turns to Dell for High Performance Science Cloud

    Dr Joseph Antony, NCI Cloud Services Manager The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has signed a $2 million contract with Dell to supply a 3,200 core high-performance compute cloud. The agreement will see the establishment of a node of the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Research Cloud within Australia’s richest computational ... Read More

  • Raijin fires up

    Raijin fires up

    The NCI National Facility is pleased to announce that the new Fujitsu Primergy, Raijin, will be available to users in a phased approach starting early next week. Raijin is a high-performance cluster with 57,472 cores (Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge 2.6 GHz), Mellanox FDR interconnect, 160 Tbytes of main memory, 10 Pbytes ... Read More

  • 2013 International Workshop on OpenMP

    2013 International Workshop on OpenMP

    NCI is proud to be supporting the 2013 International Workshop on OpenMP (IWOMP), an annual workshop dedicated to the promotion and advancement of all aspects of parallel programming with OpenMP. The international workshop will be held in Canberra from 16 – 18 September and affords an opportunity for OpenMP users as ... Read More

  • Watch the construction of Australia's largest supercomputer

    Watch the construction of Australia’s largest supercomputer

      Watch the timelapse video of the Fujitsu Primergy cluster high-performance supercomputer constructed at the National Computational Infrastructure. Click here to view the video. The machine has: 57,000 cores = 15,000 home PC's 160 terabytes of RAM = 40,000 home PC's 10 petabytes of hard disc = 10,000 PC hard drives 1,200 teraflops of peak computational performance ... Read More

  • NCI Supercomputer best in Australia, 24th in world

    NCI Supercomputer best in Australia, 24th in world

    The National Computational Infrastructure’s new Fujitsu Primergy Supercomputer has debuted at number one in Australia, and number 24 in the world on the TOP500 list of best supercomputers, released overnight. The result, announced at SC12, an annual Supercomputing Conference held in Salt Lake City, confirms that the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) ... Read More

  • Supercomputer boost to Australian Research

    Supercomputer boost to Australian Research

    The door to the petascale era is being opened for critical Australian research in climate change, the enviroment and a host of other areas.  This transformational change comes with ANU signing an agreement with Fujitsu to build and install a 1.2 Petaflop supercomputer-the most powerful computer in Australia and amongst ... Read More

  • Vayu now commissioned

    Vayu now commissioned

    The new NCI National Facility peak system, vayu, launched in November 2009 by Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, passed its final acceptance tests early in April 2010, and a full service to research users commenced on 6 April 2009.   Vayu, a Oracle (Sun) Constellation, ... Read More

  • Funding Agreement Signed a a new petascale high performance computing system

    Funding Agreement Signed a a new petascale high performance computing system

    NCI is pleased to announce that the Australian National University (ANU) and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research executed a contract for Super Science / EIF Climate HPC Project on Tuesday, 12 April 2010.  This project, initiated within the Super Science (Marine and Climate) initiative announced in the ... Read More

  • NCI Supercomputer launched by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

    NCI Supercomputer launched by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

    New supercomputer puts Australia on Par Australia’s most powerful supercomputer facility with the capacity to boost Australia’s computational research capability into world ranking has been launched by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr at The Australian National University. The new facility is part of a ... Read More

  • 2009Q4 Time Allocations

    2009Q4 Time Allocations

    2009Q4 Time Allocations The new Sun Constellation cluster, vayu, has come through the first two weeks of production use with flying colours so we will start charging for use on October 1st, coinciding with the installation of 2009Q4 grants. (Note that usage on vayu in 2009Q3 will be accounted "after the ... Read More

  • Notice of the start of vayu service

    Notice of the start of vayu service

    Notice of the start of vayu service The NCI NF has now accepted the first stage of the new Sun service and is in a position to transition users of the existing AC over to the new service. Since the AC compute service will end around Sept 22, it is in ... Read More

  • New National Facility peak system

    New National Facility peak system

    New National Facility peak system to be installed at the ANU Dear Research Users of the NCI National Facility Systems, We are pleased to announce the new National Facility peak system that will be installed at the ANU later this year. As you may be aware, there has been a joint acquisition process, ... Read More

  • Call for Expressions of Interest

    Call for Expressions of Interest

    Call for Expressions of Interest – Closing Date 20 August 2008 On 21 July 2008 the following email was send to Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research): Dear Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research) I am writing with regard to the Specialised Facilities program of National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)—that part of NCRIS Platforms for Collaboration concerned with the provision ... Read More

  • Next Generation National Facility

    Next Generation National Facility

    Next Generation National Facility The following email was circulated on July 19, 2008 to users of National Facility systems to inform them of imminent upgrades planned for the capability systems. Dear National Facility User As a member of the user community of the National Facility, you will be interested to learn of developments ... Read More

  • New NCI Director announced

    New NCI Director announced

    National Comutational Infrastructure (NCI) – MEDIA RELEASE Professor Lindsay Botten – NCI Director 19 May 2008: Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright, NCI Steering Committee Chair, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Lindsay Botten as the NCI Director. Professor Botten has had a sustained and comprehensive involvement with the development of advanced ... Read More

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