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RCC News: April 2016

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New UQ HPC system to replace Barrine this month

A new high performance computing system for broad use across UQ will begin operation this month, replacing the Barrine HPC system.

RCC has selected an SGI Rackable HPC system, named Tinaroo, to replace Barrine.

Tinaroo features an 80 per cent increase in number of processor cores, four-fold increase in average memory and eight-fold peak performance increase over Barrine. Read more

Polaris Data Centre
The Polaris Data Centre at Springfield, Queensland.

US Prof Fran Berman to speak at UQ on data-driven research

Date: Friday, 27 May 2016Professor Fran Berman
Time: 11am–12pm
Location: AEB Seminar Room, room 502, building 49, UQ (St Lucia)

Professor Francine Berman (pictured), the US lead of the global Research Data Alliance, will deliver a UQ seminar on building a sustainable ecosystem for data-driven research.
She will discuss sustainability, infrastructure and data, and explore the opportunities and challenges of creating a viable ecosystem for the data on which current and future research and innovation increasingly depend. Read more

Seminar: Parallel Computing with MATLAB MATLAB logo

Date: Friday, 15 April 2016
Time: 10:00am–11:30am
Venue: Room 505A, Axon Building 47, UQ (St Lucia)
Some researchers deal with large data and/or run algorithms that are computationally expensive. Distributing the computations to available hardware resources is one approach to speed-up the response time of algorithms.
MATLAB, developed by MathWorks, is a multi-paradigm numerical computing program used in engineering, science and economics.
Read more about this QCIF-hosted, MathWorks-delivered free seminar.

ANDS kicks off Monthly Tech Talk virtual meetings 

Rowland MosbergenOn Friday, 6 May, the Australian National Data Service will start its Monthly Tech Talk virtual meetings on topics of interest to those working with the technical aspects of research data.
The aim is to provide a forum for Australian research institution-based developers, data technologists, data scientists, data librarians and researchers building data tools, and enable them to engage with NCRIS facilities, such as ANDS, Nectar, RDS and QCIF, about their requirements. Read more

UQ's MeDiCI featured in ITnews ITnews logo

UQ's prototyped Metropolitan Data Caching Infrastructure (MeDiCI) was featured in ITnews on 30 March, in an article titled 'Qld Uni debuts its own data storage fabric'.

RCC is building MeDiCI (first mentioned in February in RCC News) to support data collection on campus, close to scientific instruments, data sources and local computers. These collections will be connected to the significant storage and processing capabilities of Springfield's Polaris Data Centre to leverage the power of QRIScloud, which is sited at the data centre.

MeDiCI will be introduced during 2016, and UQ's ITS and QBI (Queensland Brain Institute) will be involved in its installation and testing.

Please contact RCC if you have specific interests or needs that might leverage MeDiCI:

Prof David Abramson promoting MeDiCI
RCC Director Prof. David Abramson's frequent response to most questions at the moment is "MeDiCI could do that!"

RCC's Belinda Weaver elected to global committee

Belinda Weaver
RCC/QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader Belinda Weaver (pictured) was recently elected to the global Software Carpentry Steering Committee as its sole southern hemisphere representative.
The committee of seven (plus four non-voting attendees) is directly elected by Software Carpentry instructors and meets virtually each fortnight to decide issues such as new partnerships and affiliations, instructor training schedules, and financial matters. It also oversees the work of a number of task forces and sub-committees such as mentoring and communications. Read more

RCC Director speaks at IBM event

IBM logoRCC Director Prof. David Abramson gave a presentation on UQ’s eResearch infrastructure for data-intensive science at an IBM high performance computing event on Tuesday, 12 April in Canberra.
IBM billed the full-day briefing as “an unparalleled ensemble of scientists, engineers, researchers, programmers and system administrators… [with] an exceptional program of deep dives and lightning talks from IBM, industry and the research ecosystem. The agenda will answer questions around the new cognitive era and how it applies to HPC as well as new outcomes and roadmaps from the life, physical and earth sciences.” Read more

RCC events in pictures...

RCC and ITEE HPC capability workshop
RCC held a high performance computing capability workshop on Friday, 1 April for members of research groups within UQ's Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT. The workshop's aim was to increase research uptake of leading-edge equipment and software and build expertise in eResearch technologies.

UQ Hacky Hour
Hacky Hour St Luc had a change of scene on Tuesday, 5 April, when it moved from its regular spot of St Lucy's cafe to Cafe Nano outside the AIBN. The change of venue drew in new people. UQ's Hacky Hour occurs weekly on Tuesdays, 3–4pm. Check Twitter (@HackyHourStLuc) and the blog for venue information.
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What's On

UQ Hacky Hour, every Tuesday, 3–4pm, UQ St Lucia. More info
Parallel Computing with MATLAB, 15 April, UQ St Lucia. More info
ANDS Monthly Tech Talk, 6 May, UQ St Lucia. More info
Got Data? Building a Sustainable Ecosystem for Data-Driven Research, 27 May, UQ St Lucia. More info
Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology, 4–8 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
SC16, 13–18 Nov, Salt Lake City, U.S. More info
Dr Nick's Image Clinic, most Monday mornings, for IMB researchers and held, by Dr Nick Hamilton, at IMB.

RCC's seminar series will return in semester two, which begins 25 July 2016.

View videos from the 2015 seminar series:

2015 RCC seminar series videos on YouTube


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Sharing sensitive data
Do you work with human health and personal data? Have you collected data that can identify an individual, species, object or location?
This type of data is called sensitive data because of its potential to be used to cause discrimination, harm or unwanted attention.  
Sensitive data needs to be treated with care, however you can still publish and share your data sets ethically if you manage them appropriately and follow the correct procedure. 
The ability to share and re-use these data sets has a range of benefits as for other types of research data, but also include improved efficiency, conservation and reduced participant fatigue and disturbance.
Sharing your data also means others can discover and cite your work. 
Contact UQ Library's Research Data Management team for expert advice: 

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