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RCC News: May 2016

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FlashLite enables UQ chemists' work with NASA

Prof. Debra J. Bernhardt Data-intensive high performance computer FlashLite is enabling UQ researchers to work with NASA researchers and simulate new chemical materials for use in long manned space missions.

Prof. Debra J. Bernhardt and Dr Christoph Rohmann (both pictured) of UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology are investigating composite materials using boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) for aerospace applications.
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These new materials are expected to provide extreme strength and radiation shielding essential for lengthy space travel.

They have already published one paper on their initial results in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, and another paper co-authored with NASA researchers is in progress.

The UQ-side of the research is heavily reliant on FlashLite’s abilities to model large-scale systems, which are very memory-intensive. Read more

RCC calls for Tinaroo early adopters and trainees

RCC is calling for early adopters of the new high performance computer Tinaroo to step up and apply for their accounts. Tinaroo’s position within RCC’s advanced computing strategy is outlined on the RCC website
Tinaroo is exclusively for UQ researchers and replaces Barrine, which was decommissioned earlier this year. 
RCC has recently published information about Tinaroo on its website, including technical specifications, how potential users can acquire an account, and upcoming training sessions. Read more

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Tinaroo is installed within the Polaris Data Centre at Springfield, Queensland.

HPC remote rendering coming soon to UQ 

RCC is currently deploying remote rendering on some of its HPC resources to allow researchers to visualise and interact with large, complex data sets and models with much higher performance than what is presently available.
RCC is working on infrastructure that will integrate Graphics Processing Unit-intensive applications into UQ’s cluster computing environments.
Remote rendering will allow data to be visualised ‘in situ’, meaning data does not need to be moved from the HPC onto local workstations for analysis.
Early adopters are welcome to try RCC’s proposed remote rendering capabilities. Please contact Oliver Cairncross to register your interest: Read more

Venue change for RCC seminar with Prof. Fran Berman 

Date: Friday, 27 May 2016Professor Fran Berman
Time: 11am–12pm
Location: Room T105, Hawken Engineering Building (50), 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.
Prof. Berman 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.

Please note the venue change for this seminar to room T105, Hawken Engineering Building. Read more

Burkhard Rost to give keynote at UQ Winter School

Prof Burkhard RostThis year’s UQ-based Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology (4–8 July) has scored a bioinformatics legend as one of its keynote speakers.
Prof. Burkhard Rost, President of the International Society for Computational Biology since 2007 and Chair of Bioinformatics at the Technical University of Munich, will deliver a talk on 5 July at the Winter School on bioinformatics methods, models and applications to disease. Read more

June's Tech Talk to discuss minting DOIs for data

Gerry RyderFollowing the success of the inaugural Monthly Tech Talk on 6 May, the 10 June session will focus on minting Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for data.

Presenters will discuss how institutions mint DOIs, and how to leverage Nectar virtual laboratories to mint DOIs. Gerry Ryder (pictured) of the Australian National Data Service will talk about ANDS' perspective on DOIs.

The Monthly Tech Talk is an initiative of ANDS, Nectar, QCIF, Intersect, VicNode, eRSA and Pawsey. Attendees meet simultaneously in capital city hubs and connect nationwide via videoconferencing networks. 

The event is for anyone who wants to know more about NCRIS facilities and the technical aspects of research data. More info

UQ to host Brisbane's Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint

RCC/QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader Belinda Weaver will lead international development work on Library Carpentry at Brisbane’s Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint on 2–3 June. 
This year's Brisbane Sprint will be held in RCC’s seminar room in the Axon Building (47) on UQ’s St Lucia Campus. Read more
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Attendees at Brisbane's Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint will receive stickers, badges, temporary tattoos — and cake (yet to be baked)!

eResearch Australasia 2016 call for participation

Researchers, educators and practitioners from diverse disciplines are invited to participate in this year's eResearch Australasia conference, which will be held 10–14 October in Melbourne.
You can participate by submitting an abstract for a presentation, point/counterpoint debate, birds of a feather session (BoF), poster, or workshop. Submissions close Saturday, 5 June.

This year's conference theme is "eResearch — the next steps." Check the conference website for further information.

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RCC's Belinda Weaver attends global committee meet-up in New York

Software Carpentry Steering Committee meetup in NYC
Last week RCC/QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader Belinda Weaver (pictured, third from right) attended her first in-person meet-up in New York as a recently elected member of the Software Carpentry Steering Committee. The meeting was held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island. Read more

RCC events in pictures...

Galaxy Queensland seminar at IMB

Dr Igor Makunin
RCC’s Dr Igor Makunin (pictured above) delivered a seminar on Galaxy Queensland at UQ’s IMB on 13 May to an audience of more than 50. The seminar was organised by Dr Amanda Carozzi, IMB's Postgraduate Administrative Officer, as part of the institute's technology seminar series.
Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational biomedical research. Dr Makunin discussed tools and resources for genomic research provided through RCC within the Genomics Virtual Lab project. The talk was followed by a demo session of “RNA-Seq analysis in Galaxy”. 

Galaxy seminar audience

Translational Computer Science seminar

Translational Computer Science seminar
RCC Director Prof. David Abramson delivered a seminar on Translational Computer Science at UQ's School of ITEE on 11 May. He discussed a framework RCC is using that fosters the development of novel computer science, but tests the outcomes in practice. View his slides from this seminar, and read the full abstract. 

Hacky Hour St Luc

Hacky Hour, 17 May 2016
At the Hacky Hour at UQ St Lucia's Nano Cafe on 17 May, Qamar Raza (third from left), an ITEE PhD student, learnt how to get a compute cluster Euramoo account via RCC and QRIScloud. Hacky Hour St Luc is held each Tuesday, 3–4pm, and all UQ staff and students are welcome to attend.

(All photos by Dr Nick Hamilton.)
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What's On

UQ Hacky Hour, every Tuesday, 3–4pm, UQ St Lucia. More info
Got Data? Building a Sustainable Ecosystem for Data-Driven Research, 27 May, UQ St Lucia. More info
Introduction to HPC (training), 27 May, UQ St Lucia. More info
Brisbane Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint, 2–3 June, UQ St Lucia. More info
Tinaroo HPC Applications Training, 6–9 June, UQ St Lucia. More info
Monthly Tech Talk: Minting DOis for Data, 10 June, UQ St Lucia. More info
Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology, 4–8 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
Software Carpentry Workshop, 11–12 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. Seminars will occur each Friday during semester, starting 29 July.

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