June 2011

In this issue:

  • Call for Participation: eResearch Australasia 2011
  • NZ eResearch Symposium 2011
  • RDSI Workshop and Consultation Schedule
  • Nectar Draft Final Project Plan available for download
  • The MASSIVE (Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment) computers are open for use
  • AAF Mini-grant Supports Upgrade to TPAC Portal
  • VeRSI’s May Newsletter is now available online
  • About this newsletter

Call for Participation: eResearch Australasia 2011

The Call for Participation is now open for eResearch Australasia 2011: eXtreme eResearch, with submissions due by 30 June 2011. The conference will be held 6-10 November in Melbourne at the Sebel Albert Park.  Send us your ideas for presentations, BoFs, point/counterpoint debates, posters, or workshops. See http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/participate/ for more details.

We’re also keen for any ideas you have about what you’d like to see at the conference this year: featured speakers who have fired your imagination, different types of sessions you’d like to try, or new ways of facilitating networking and interaction.  Let us know.

Web: http://conference.eresearch.edu.au
Email: conference@eresearch.edu.au
Twitter: eresearch

Patricia McMillan
Program Director, eResearch Australasia 2011

NZ eResearch Symposium 2011

Thursday 30 June – Friday 1 July, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
www.eresearch.org.nz/nzers2011

Early Bird Registration Closes Thursday 2 June
Register before 11:59 pm Thursday 2 June and receive the discounted early bird registration rate. Full details about registration are available online at http://www.eresearch.org.nz/eres2011registration

Reasons Why You Should Attend

  • It is the premier eResearch event in NZ, providing over 8 hours of networking opportunities with your peers.
  • An opportunity to meet leaders of eResearch initiatives within NZ and internationally.
  • Professional development: the programme offers an exciting mix of international keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and posters.
  • Education: an opportunity to learn from others about emerging practice and to share experiences.
  • A chance to have your say!

Programme and Keynote Speakers
Full details including presentation abstracts are available at http://www.eresearch.org.nz/Programme
Visit the NZ eResearch website for further details  www.eresearch.org.nz/nzers2011

Hayley Larsen
Paardekooper and Associates

RDSI Workshop and Consultation Schedule

The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project has published its workshop and consultation schedule for June at http://rdsi.uq.edu.au/project-information.  RDSI is a $50m federally funded project, for which the University of Queensland is the lead agent.

RDSI will hold a consultation session in each Australian capital city.  Consultations will be for 2 hours preceded or concluded by a light lunch and will include an overview of RDSI, including the NoDe, ReDS and DaSh programmes, a review of the Tinman for the Node Development programme and an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.  Registration is open for the Perth session on 7 June and the Sydney session on 9 June.

In addition there will be three full day workshops in Brisbane to discuss in more detail the emerging models for the Node Development (NoDe), Research Data Services (ReDS) and Data Sharing (DaSh) programmes. Registration is open for the NoDe Tinman workshop on 3 June.

See http://rdsi.uq.edu.au/project-information for event registration, the full schedule, and more information about the RDSI Project.
Enquiries: office@rdsi.uq.edu.au
Twitter: RDSIProject

Alice Stokes
Office Manager, Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project

Nectar Draft Final Project Plan available for download

The Nectar Project’s Draft Final Project Plan is now available for download from the Nectar website: http://nectar.org.au.

This Draft Final Project Plan is being provided as an update to the research community. It provides further information on the NeCTAR infrastructure programs, timelines, and guidelines for proposals. This document has been shaped by substantial guidance from the research community, following the highly successful Nectar consultation process.

About NeCTAR:
Nectar is building new research infrastructure to digitally connect Australian researchers – enabling unprecedented access to national and institutional research infrastructure and resources, and the ability to harness these resources from the desktop or laboratory. Through advanced information and communications technology Nectar will simplify the combining of facilities, instruments, data and computing to support and enhance research workflows across institutional, regional and international boundaries.

Lynda Edwards
NeCTAR Project

The MASSIVE (Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment) computers are open for use

MASSIVE is a collaboration of Australian Synchrotron, CSIRO, Monash University, and VPAC, and is a component of the NCI Specialised Computational Facilities program. Additional funding was provided through the State Government of Victoria.

MASSIVE includes two 42 node IBM iDataplex systems, each having 84 M2070 GPUs, 504 Intel Westmere compute cores, and 2 TB of memory. Ten nodes are upgraded to advanced M2070Q GPUs and 192 GB memory each, and can be booked for interactive visualisation. Each system has a high performance GPFS parallel file system.

For new user accounts and projects, to be sponsored by the collaborating institutions listed above, please apply online at http://www.massive.org.au/access. Priority will be given to:

  • researchers who need MASSIVE’s impressive rendering and visualisation capabilities;
  • members of the characterisation community who will use MASSIVE to reconstruct, analyse and visualise their data; and
  • researchers with applications that use GPU acceleration;

Access to MASSIVE is available Australia-wide through the NCI Merit Allocation Scheme which occurs in November for access to MASSIVE in 2012. To apply for earlier access, please email info@massive.org.au

Further details are available at http://www.massive.org.au or by contacting info@massive.org.au.

Contact:
Dr.Wojtek James Goscinski <wojtek.goscinski@monash.edu>.
MASSIVE Coordinator
Monash University eResearch Centre

AAF Mini-grant Supports Upgrade to TPAC Portal

The Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing (TPAC) hosts a digital library portal that provides the marine and climate scientific communities with ready access to a large number of heterogeneous and geographically distributed ocean and climate datasets:  https://dl.tpac.org.au

Thanks to an AAF mini-grant awarded to TPAC to implement a single login solution, data collection owners can now securely manage their own datasets within the TPAC portal.  Once logged in, data owners are able to attach attribute information, access rights and meta-data to the data collection.  The AAF capability also allows users to login and access the private data to which they have been granted permissions (https://dl.tpac.org.au/tpacportal/).

Glenys Kranz
AAF Change and Communication Manager

VeRSI’s May Newsletter is now available online

In this issue read about:

  • Shodor – Changing Education through computation
  • VisLab Sneak Peek
  • QCIF: Driving Smart Transport in Queensland
  • The Massive Launch
  • The VPAC Showcase
  • Melbourne THATCamp wrap up
  • CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia wrap up

More information here: <https://www.versi.edu.au/news-and-publications/enewsletter/enewsletter-15>

Marion Shadbolt
Administration and Publications Officer
Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative

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