Milton: The Research Computing Cloud – Staying flexible

Jakub Szarlat1

1Manager, ITS eResearch, The Walter Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute made the decision last year to substantially invest in moving its research compute capability to the private cloud model. This included the creation of a dynamic HPC cluster.

The benefits of this strategy have been in a flexible infrastructure that has enabled researchers across multiple divisions of the institute to undertake a range of different computational science approaches that were previously not available to them. We have also been able to progressively evolve the research computing capability to meet the changing demands of researchers.

Accelerating HPC innovation with Artificial Intelligence for today and tomorrow

Steve Tolnai1
1Group Manager & Chief Technologist, HPC & AI Asia Pacific and Japan, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


System developers, scientists and researchers face obstacles deploying complex new HPC technologies, such as: energy efficiency, reliability and resiliency requirements and developing software to exploit HPC hardware. All can delay technology adoption and critical projects. The requirement to accelerate real-time insights and intelligence for deep learning with innovations is growing at break-neck speed. HPE & Intel have forged a multi-faceted alliance to advance customer innovation and expand HPC accessibility to enterprises of all sizes. Join this session to discover how HPE’s ecosystem of industry partnerships are delivering breakthroughs in HPC for deployment, security, power use and density, to make supercomputing more accessible and affordable for today and tomorrow.


Steve Tolnai is the Group Manager and Chief Technologist in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise servers business across Asia Pacific & Japan. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of High Performance Computing technical strategy within Asia Pacific & Japan.

Steve manages the Technical and Solutions team for High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence encompassing Scientific Research, Financial Services Industry, Life and Material Sciences, Computer Automated Engineering, Government and Defence, Oil and Gas, Digital Content Creation and Electronic Design Automation.

Steve’s prior role was Principle Architect for HPC in Asia Pacific, where he architected the largest Life Science Supercomputers in Australia, Korea and Singapore also including the largest Supercomputer in Asia Pacific (ex Japan) in Australia and the largest Supercomputer in Asia Pacific.

In his 30+ years at Digital, Compaq, HP and HPE he has worked as a member of the Technical Sales and Marketing divisions where he has been involved with IT consulting to major corporations and governments in the areas of UNIX/Linux, Windows and VMS; using VAX, Alpha, x86 and NVIDIA architectures.

Building Artificial Intelligence workflows for 21st Century research

Andrew Underwood1 and guest from NVIDIA

1Dell EMC, High-Performance Computing Leader, Dell EMC Australia and New Zealand


The world we know is built on artificial intelligence; Netflix suggests our entertainment, Facebook suggests or friends, and transportation is fast becoming driverless.

The potential for artificial intelligence in the field of scientific research has the same potential to complete tasks that may be mundane, impossible (or so we thought!) or too complex for us to undertake manually. This session will take you through the concept of the modern day precursor to artificial intelligence, known as “Deep Learning” and how Dell EMC PowerEdge HPC systems with NVIDIA technology can be used to build your first “AI workflow”.




Andrew Underwood leads the Dell EMC High-Performance Computing and Machine Learning strategy in Australia and New Zealand. His passion for innovation has driven him to architect some of the world’s largest and most powerful Supercomputers and Artificial Intelligence platforms critical to the scientific advancement and global economic competitiveness of our clients throughout the world.

About the conference

eResearch Australasia provides opportunities for delegates to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new information centric research capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use information.

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