January 2010

In this issue:

  • eResearch Survey findings public;
  • AAF Mini-Grant Scheme update;
  • eResearch Australasia 2010;
  • APAN29;
  • HPC Down Under at SC09 and SC10;
  • About this newsletter.

eResearch Survey findings public

The first round of the University of Sydney /Intersect eResearch Survey ran at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, University of New England and UNSW, and the findings were presented at the recent eResearch Australasia conference (presentation).

Some interesting results have emerged, shedding light on current attitudes to eResearch. Only 7–23% of respondents had heard about or used services provided by Australian eResearch bodies, such as ANDS, ARCS, NCI or Intersect. Notably, over 70% stated that eResearch is important or very important for future progress in their research fields.

Both the Summary Report and the Full Technical Report of the eResearch Practices and Requirements Survey (Round 1) are available here:

Leonie Hellmers
Communications, Intersect

AAF Mini-Grant Scheme update

The Australian Access Federation Inc. is pleased to announce that six (6) Mini-grants have been awarded from the applications received for Round 2 which closed on 27 November 2009. A list of the successful applicants can be viewed on the AAF website at: http://www.aaf.edu.au/index.php/mini-grants/.

Round 3 is now open and closes on 26 February 2010. The application process is outlined in the AAF Enabled Services Mini-Grant Application Package and AAF Enabled Services Mini-Grant Proposal Application Form at http://www.aaf.edu.au/index.php/mini-grants/.

Follow the AAF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ausaccessfed  or Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ausaccessfed

Glenys Kranz
Change & Communication Manager, AAF Inc

eResearch Australasia 2010

Please mark your diaries for eResearch Australasia 2010, to be held 8-12 November in Queensland.  Further information will be available in the coming weeks.

Patricia McMillan
eResearch Australasia Committee


The 29th APAN Meeting will be held from 8-11 February 2010 in Sydney, Australia. The Asia Pacific Advanced Network Consortium meeting is Asia Pacific’s foremost event for showcasing advanced broadband networking applications and technologies for research and education.

In recent years the Conference has supported scientific collaboration within Asia particularly in the telemedicine stream. APAN29 will highlight tutorials, oral presentations and demonstrations covering advanced network technologies and applications and will feature case studies of advanced networking in such areas as Applications (Medical, High Definition TV, e-Science, Middleware and e-Culture); Network Technology (IPv6, Network, Lambda, Security); and Natural Resources (Agriculture, Earth Monitoring, and Environmental sensors).

The meeting will be held at the historic InterContinental Hotel which overlooks the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Gardens. You are invited to register for this event at http://www.apan.net/meetings/Sydney2010/Registration.php.

Don Robertson
Deputy CEO, AARNet Pty Ltd

HPC Down Under at SC09 and SC10

Australian eResearch was showcased at the Supercomputing Conference (SC09), which was held in November 2009 in Portland, Oregon, USA and attracted around 11,000 people (http://www.sc09.supercomputing.org/). SC is the annual international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

23 Australian postgraduate students presented posters on how they are applying HPC to their research at the inaugural post-conference “Early Adopters PhD Workshop: Building the Next Generation of Application Scientists” (http://www.messagelab.monash.edu.au/SC09PhDWorkshop), supported by travel grants from the Monash e-Research Centre, VLSCI, iVEC VPAC, QCIF and various university departments. This raised the Australian attendance at SC09 to the highest ever, double that of SC08.

VPAC, who have had an exhibitor booth at SC for seven consecutive years, extended the booth’s scope in 2009 to encompass “HPC Down Under”, providing both a forum for showcasing Australian research and a meeting point / workplace. Representatives from iVEC, the Monash e-Research Centre and AuScope ‘Simulation, Analysis, Modelling’ Victoria helped staff the booth for the three days of technical exhibits.

VPAC would like to invite any eResearch organisation in Australia to get involved in and / or contribute marketing material for this year’s booth at SC10 (in New Orleans, Nov 13-19), by emailing info@vpac.org.

Wendy Mason, Underworld eResearch Officer
on behalf of AuScope ‘Simulation, Analysis, Modelling’ Victoria, the Monash e-Research Centre, VPAC and iVEC

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