News and Events
NeSI Workshop at VUW, Mon 10th June, 2013
NeSI staff will be at VUW to talk about what NeSI provides for researchers,
and will focus on discussing scientific applications of HPC to the problems
addressed by research groups in the room. PIs and researchers will be
invited to contribute to an interactive discussion and to surface up any
eResearch NZ 2013: Call for Participation
The 4th annual eResearch NZ will be held at the University of Canterbury, on Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 July, 2013.
eResearch NZ is a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from across institutions and disciplines to share practice and
experiences, and establish joint initiatives with eResearch as an enabler.
The Call for Participation is now open, and will close on Thursday 18 April
Submissions are welcomed for:
5 minute lightning talks
15 minute presentations
More details at: http://www.eresearch.org.nz/event/eresearch-nz-2013
eResearch Australasia 2012 publishes programme
The programme for eResearch Australasia 2012 is now available at http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/eres2012/program/
The conference takes place in Sydney from 28 October through 2 November.
NeSI Roadshow at NIWA; Wed 12th Sept, 2012
New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is holding a National High Performance Computing Roadshow in September and will be at NIWA onWed 12th Sept.The mornings of each day will consist of a presentation about NeSI and several demonstrations of how to use its facilities. In the afternoon, the team is available for individual appointments and small group discussion on discipline-specific issues.
Summer of eResearch 2012
Summer of eResearch is a national programme for enhancing New Zealand's eResearch communities while strengthening the prospects for young software engineers. The programme provides fully paid scholarships for excellent students to work on a project that will benefit the wider research community. For example, last summer a student from computer science worked with a genomics researcher to break a "bioinformatics bottleneck" and progress research into invasive species. As well as advancing the research open-source software was developed that is now available to researchers around the world.
Find out more on the eResearch NZ site.
BlueFern HPC Seminar: Krista Steenbergen, SCPS, MacDiarmid
Wed Aug 15, 1100
Krista Steenbergen, a PhD student at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University, is due to give a seminar in the BlueFern HPC Seminar series.
BlueFern, the High Performance Computing unit in the University of Canterbury, will
be hosting a series of seminars given by researchers from different disciplines,
such as Bioengineering, materials sciences and computational chemistry. They will
speak about their research and also their use of HPC to address their research
Modelling the superheating of small gallium clusters
As the size of cutting-edge technologies continues to diminish at an incredible rate
(for example, integrated circuits following Moore’s Law), the thermodynamic and
electronic properties of elements at the nanoscale gains increasing interest.
Gallium, an element used in many nanoscale semiconductor technologies, exhibits
several fascinating thermodynamic characteristics when diminished to the size of
tens of atoms, to include melting temperatures that are significantly greater than
those of bulk gallium. In order to investigate these intriguing properties, our
research employs computationally intensive, highly parallel algorithms over long
time scales, rendering the research intractable without advances in high performance
computing. This seminar introduces the research and results, as well as a discussion
of the computational techniques enabling the research which are made possible by
state-of-the-art supercomputing facilities such as BlueFern.
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NeSI 2nd Call for Proposal for Development and Research grants.
Wed July 11, 2012
NeSI (NZ eScience Infrastructure) today released the second of a bi-monthly call cycle for access proposals to its High
Performance Computing facilities.
The full text of the communication reads:
The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) invites applications to access its
facilities. NeSI is a collaboration of universities and CRIs providing access to
compute resources for researchers across the country. The process is neutral of
discipline or institution. We strongly recommend all interested research teams to
apply for access.
The call closes 27th July 2012. We are receiving applications via the Proposal
Development and Research allocation classes. Proposal Development is designed for
project teams new to high performance computing to evaluate their applications on
NeSI's facilities at zero cost with full support. This class provides a relatively
small allocation for a few months. Projects within the Research allocation class
have received funding from a peer-reviewed grant process, such as the Marsden Fund.
These grants are far larger allocations for a full year. They provided at either 80%
or 100% subsidy, depending on the research team's situation.
NeSI 1st Call for Proposal for Development and Research grants.
Fri, May 11, 2012
NeSI (NZ eScience Infrastructure) today released the first of a bi-monthly call cycle for access proposals to its High
Performance Computing facilities.
The full text of the communication reads:
I am pleased to advise you that NeSI is now accepting access proposals across all high
performance computing facilities, for both Proposal Development and Research grants.
This is the first of a bi-monthly call cycle. The details and application forms are available at
With our facilities commissioned, there is significant capacity available on our state of the
art HPC systems and a national team of experts keen to assist researchers requiring
computational support. We suspect researchers will also welcome our contribution to their
research budgets by way of an 80% subsidy on the costs of access to our facilities. Please
do update your colleagues and researchers of this new opportunity to access our national
We look forward to collaboration with researchers within all research sector institutions.
Director, NZ eScience Infrastructure
Victoria e-Research Workshop
4 May, 10-12am in AMD101
The Director of e-Research and ITS are convening an e-Research workshop to enable researchers to discuss the problems they currently encounter using ICT to advance their research and to develop a vision of an ICT framework that would be effective in supporting research. While the workshop will include short presentations on developments at the national level, such as the National e-Science Infrastructure and services at Victoria, the emphasis will be on an interactive discussion about researcher's needs.
Director of e-Research Appointed
Prof. John Hine has been appointed as the Director of e-Research at Victoria. John's position as Director of e-Research is 0.4FTE and he continues as Dean of Engineering. The position of Director of e-Research is based in the Research Office.
June 2008: Vic hosts successful E-Research Symposium
Victoria University of Wellington hosted a successful E-Research Symposium on 11 June. More than 50 research staff and students from Victoria attended, along with colleagues from Crown Research Institutes and government agencies.
Read the report of the symposium
**Deadline extended to 14 July** E-Research Professional Development Awards
Three awards of up to $3,000 each are available to encourage Victoria staff and PhD students to attend an international e-research event, such as eResearch Australasia
or the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting
We want Victoria staff and PhD students to have the opportunity to attend international e-research events, but we know that it can be hard to find time and funds for activities not directly related to your academic discipline. These awards are to encourage staff and students to explore how advanced information and communication technologies are changing the way that research can be done.
Any Victoria University staff member or PhD student can apply. Applications from the Faculties of Science, Architecture and Design, and Engineering are especially encouraged.
Details of eligibility, selection criteria and the application process are available in the Victoria E-Research Professional Development Awards leaflet
The closing date for applications is: 5 pm, Monday 30 June
. Applications should be attached to an email and sent to Sam Searle
E-Research Symposium in June
VUW is hosting an E-Research Symposium from 1.30pm on Wednesday, 11 June.
The symposium will be held in the Digital Media Design Lab, 4th Floor, Wigan Building, School of Design, Te Aro Campus. The event is aimed at staff and research students in the faculties of Science, Architecture and Design and Engineering.
Guest speakers include:
- Mark Gahegan, Director of e-Research, University of Auckland: Mark is a Professor in the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental
Science at the University of Auckland. His research interests cover GIS, visualisation, philosophy of science, semantics and pragmatics, analysis, Voronoi diagrams, spatial databases and algorithms and spatial reasoning. Mark has been involved with GEON, the Geosciences Network, for seven years, and will talk about the implications of initiatives such as GEON, SCENZ-GRID (a collaboration between Landcare and GNS Science) and AuScope.
- Neil Gemmell, Director of the Centre for Reproduction and Genomics, University of Otago: Neil has recently taken up a position at the University of Otago, having been Professor of Genetics at the University of Canterbury. Neil's research blends genomics with ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology to examine hidden relationships in biology. Neil has been a contributor to the BeSTGRID project and led the development of the NZ BioPortal.
VUW staff will also showcase projects and initiatives from MCS, SOAD, SGEES, SCPS and the MacDiarmid Institute.
Flyers and posters are being distributed to schools in the Faculties of Science, Architecture and Design, and Engineering. Further programme and registration details are available in the symposium flyer
, or from the E-Research Development Coordinator, Sam Searle
New visualisation lab for VUW
The 2008 budget included funds for a new visualisation facility
. Our facility will be four screens wide by three high, and will be put together by SMSCS for use by University researchers.
-- sam - 14 May 2008