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Australian Supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

NCI Australia and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre are supporting the Australian and international research community undertaking COVID-19 research through provision of streamlined, prioritized and expedited access to computation and data resources. “Having access to advanced HPC resources and data expertise at Pawsey and NCI allows Australian researchers to accelerate their science to combat the pandemic and we are proud to contribute our national infrastructure and expertise in this collaborative effort.”

Applications Open for “Advancing Cancer Biology at the Frontiers of Machine Learning” Innovation Lab

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, and Knowinnovation are convening experts in cancer systems biology, mathematical modeling and machine learning to come together, share ideas, form new collaborative teams, and propose and refine interdisciplinary pilot projects. The Innovation Lab “Advancing Cancer Biology at the Frontiers of Machine Learning and Mechanistic Modeling” will be held on June 1-5, 2020. 

Gadi – Australia’s Newest Supercomputer

Allan Williams from NCI gave this talk at the Perth HPC Conference. “With 3,200 nodes, Gadi will power some of Australia’s most crucial research, seeking to solve some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world currently. Researchers from organizations including the CSIRO, Geosciences Australia, and the Bureau of Meteorology will benefit from faster speeds and higher capacity compared to the existing supercomputer.”

HPC Breaks Through to the Cloud: Why It Matters

In this special guest feature, Scot Schultz from Mellanox writes researchers are benefitting in a big way from HPC in the Cloud. “HPC has many different advantages depending on the specific use case, but one aspect that these implementations have in common is their use of RDMA-based fabrics to improve compute performance and reduce latency.”

NCI in Australia to Deploy $70 Million Supercomputer

Today the Australian Government announced plans to invest $70 million for a new supercomputer at the The Board of Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). The funding will be used to replace NCI’s aging Raijin supercomputer. ““The NCI supercomputer is one of the most important pieces of research infrastructure in Australia”

Video: PBS Pro Manages Workloads at NCI in Australia

Rodger Edberg from NCI presented this talk at the PBS User Group meeting in Las Vegas. “As Australia’s national research computing service, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) provides world-class, high-end services to Australian researchers, including access to advanced computational and data-intensive methods, support, and high-performance infrastructure. NCI supports computationally-based research with a focus on the environment, climate and earth system science in particular. Since 2007, NCI’s infrastructure investments, which exceed $80M, have been provided by the Australian Government under its National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and Super Science Initiatives.”

NCI Australia Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has become the first Australian organization to join the OpenPOWER Foundation, a global open technical community enabling collaborative development and industry growth. NCI has additionally purchased four of IBM’s latest Power System servers for High Performance Computing (HPC) to underpin its research efforts through artificial intelligence, deep learning, high performance data analytics and other compute-heavy workloads.

Precision Medicine is Next Frontier in HPC at SC16

A panel of some of the world’s leading experts will come together to discuss this next frontier of healthcare at SC16, the premier international conference showcasing HPC on Nov. 14 in Salt Lake City. “Truly transformative discoveries are happening, and those discoveries are driving powerful shifts in how we combat disease and make people’s lives better.”

Job of the week: Director at NCI in Australia

NCI in Australia is seeking a new Director in our Job of the Week. Based in the Nation’s capital, and hosted by the Australian National University, NCI is supported by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, with operational funding provided through a formal collaboration of CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, The Australian National University […]

Intel Xeon Phi Boosts Supercomputing at NCI in Australia

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. “NCI is leading efforts in the scientific community to tune applications for Intel Xeon Phi processors,” explains Dr Muhammad Atif, NCI’s HPC Systems and Cloud Services Manager. “We have identified a large number of applications that will benefit from this hardware and software paradigm, including those applications in the domains of computational physics, computational chemistry and climate research.”