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RCC News: September 2015

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Check out RCC's new website

RCC homepageThis week RCC launched a new and greatly improved website. It's now easier to find information about the eResearch technologies, services and facilities that RCC offers. 

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UQ accepts FlashLite HPC

UQ formally accepted the FlashLite high performance computing equipment in late August 2015.
The Chief Investigators on the FlashLite ARC grant were then invited to suggest early adopters of the new data intensive supercomputer.
By mid-to-late September, RCC expects FlashLite to be available for general use. Read more
UQ FlashLite training day
Attendees at the hands-on FlashLite training session on 7 August 2015. 

Euramoo opens for pre-registration

Researchers are invited to pre-register to use Euramoo, a new cloud-based computer cluster being built by QCIF in collaboration with RCC. 

Euramoo is expected to be ready for use sometime this month. More info

New workflow system eases image data management

A RCC and Centre for Advanced Imaging project has created a new workflow that has significantly reduced the human effort required to collate and store microscope image files and curate metadata.
Over the last year, UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging worked with RCC’s Dr Carlo Hamalainen to develop a workflow for uploading images from microscopes and other imaging devices to a RDSI data collection, complete with associated metadata. Read more

100 UQ researchers register for Galaxy-qld

Genomics Virtual Lab logoThe Galaxy-qld server, maintained by RCC within the Genomics Virtual Lab project, recently reached a milestone with the 100th UQ researcher registering on the site.
More than 140 Australian scientists from all states make use of Galaxy-qld on a daily basis. Read more

RCC app goes with the flow

flow visualisationRCC’s visualisation expert is developing an application that makes it much easier for researchers to spot and analyse patterns in flow data.
Flow data can involve anything that moves, such as water, wind, force and energy, etc. Read more

RCC sponsors Brisbane HealthHack

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RCC is co-sponsoring this year’s Brisbane HealthHack, a data hack weekend across 23–25 October dedicated to solving medical research problems. Read more

Paul Bell joins RCC

Paul BellWilliam Paul Bell (pictured) has joined RCC as a Research Analyst to work on a multidisciplinary solar energy project administered by UQ's Global Change Institute.
His work will initially involve translating the Energy Economics and Management Group’s (EEMG) agent based model of the Australian National Electricity Market (ANEM) from the Barrine HPC to GCI’s new cluster. Read more

RCC works on crucial wind power project

wind turbinesAn ARC Linkage Project involving RCC high performance computing support will help address urgent questions about increasing wind power in Australia and its impact on the national grid. Read more

RCC's Lien Le represents UQ at London-based bioinformatics workshop

Lien Le
RCC Bioinformatics Team Leader Dr Lien Le (pictured) was the UQ representative invited to attend a non-model organism bioinformatics training event in London for just 10 Australian experts.
Bioplatforms Australia, in collaboration with CSIRO and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), UK, organised the three-day workshop from 29 July to 1 August 2015. Read more

Join UQ's second Software Carpentry bootcamp

Want to learn to code? Then get in quick to secure the last few places at this year's second UQ Software Carpentry Bootcamp, 28–29 September. 

RCC’s Belinda Weaver, the bootcamp’s organiser, said: “After rethinking the July workshop, which some people found too ambitious a program for two days, we have dropped the SQL lesson so we can go deeper into the three remaining topics of Shell, Git and Python.”
Belinda said 10% of attendees from the July UQ bootcamp registered to train as Software Carpentry instructors. The Brisbane-based training will take place in January 2016. Register your interest.

RCC seminars in full swing

Jack Dongarra speaking at RCC's seminar
Prof Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee, explained the difficulties in weather prediction during his RCC seminar talk on 28 August on 'An Overview of High Peformance Computing and Challenges for the Future.'

Professor Frank Würthwein's RCC seminar
On 14 August, Prof Frank Würthwein, University of California, San Diego, outlined the shockingly large amounts of data the Large Hadron Collider generates.

Dr Charlie Catlett's RCC seminar
Dr Charlie Catlett of the United States' Argonne National Laboratory spoke about ‘Open Data and Instrumenting Cities’ at his RCC seminar on 7 August.

Dr Peter Beckman's RCC seminar
The future is solar powered recycling trash compactors that email you when full, said Dr Peter Beckman of the United States’ Argonne National Laboratory. His 31 July RCC seminar was on: ‘Waggle: A platform for distributed smart wireless sensors and in-situ parallel computation’.

See RCC's 2015 seminar schedule.
(All photos by RCC/IMB's Dr Nick Hamilton).
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What's On

Big Data Visual Analysis, 4 Sept, 9–10am. More info
Biomedical Research and Healthcare, 11 September, 9–10am. More info
Computing at a Crossroads, 18 September, 9–10am. More info
Technical Computing: Past, Present, Future 25 September, 9–10am. More info
Software Carpentry Bootcamp, 28–29 Sept, UQ St Lucia. More info
Dr Nick's Image Clinic, most Monday mornings, for IMB researchers and held, by Dr Nick Hamilton, at IMB.
SC15, The International Conference for HPC, Networking, Storage & Analysis, 15–20 Nov, Austin, Texas. More info

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