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RCC News: July 2016

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Tinaroo HPC: The floodgates have opened

Tinaroo dam 

UQ’s latest high performance computer Tinaroo, named after Queensland's Lake Tinaroo, is now available for general, exclusive UQ research usage.
This follows a period of testing by RCC and about three months of use by early adopters.
Tinaroo is the last piece of the UQ RCC advanced computing strategy to be realised. It is a traditional high performance computing cluster for broad research use across UQ. It 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, the UQ HPC system it replaced. Read more

RCC hosts training to support Tinaroo's purchase

RCC has hosted two training courses in the last few months as part of UQ’s purchase of Tinaroo, the university’s latest high performance computer.
Altair HyperWorks training was held from 4–6 May, which researchers from the Schools of ITEE and Mechanical and Mining Engineering attended.
The suite of HyperWorks software is comprised of a large number of components including modelling and meshing tools, solvers, visualisers and workload management modules. Read more

TERN and RCC develop portal for reproducing scientific workflows and results

Reproducibility of research results has long been a hot topic amongst scientists. As science becomes more data and computationally intensive, the harder it has become to reproduce others’ research. Not only is access to the data required, but also access to the same software, operating systems and other tools used.
A UQ-based team led by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) has taken a step towards addressing this issue by developing infrastructure for reproducible science in the form of a virtual desktop, accessed by a web-browser, called CoESRA: Collaborative Environment for Ecosystem Science Research and Analysis. Read more

Via CoESRA: The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Risk assessment results and workflows for Victorian mountain ash forest.

Imaging data research cloud now available at UQ 

A new faster and easier type of optical microscopy image data platform has become available to all researchers, students and staff at UQ.
The RCC OMERO platform for data curation, management and analysis, prototyped at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute, features a familiar UQ login interface, robust publication and metadata management strategies, and a gold standard in data assurance, backup and long-term recovery capabilities. Read more
Jake Carroll of QBI
Jake Carroll, QBI’s Senior IT Manager (Research), played a key role in developing and testing the RCC OMERO platform.

Access the data sets of the 1000 Genomes Project

A Web portal enabling access to the data sets from the 1000 Genomes Project is now up and running.
The 1000 Genomes Project Mirror is a static webpage which links to FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access for a complete mirror of the 1000 Genomes Project. Read more

1000 Genomes Project population map
Population sites of the 1000 Genomes Project. (Image via IGSR

Apply to join the NCMAS committee

The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme is calling for expressions of interest to join its committee.
NCMAS provides access, based on research and computational merit, for researchers at Australian universities and publicly-funded research agencies, to resource shares at the major national computational facilities. Resource allocations are made by an independent peer-review committee, the secretariat services for which are provided by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) from its base at the Australian National University in Canberra. Read more

RCC seminar series starts soon

The 2016 RCC/MURPA (Monash Undergraduate Research Projects Abroad) seminar series will launch on Friday, 29 July with a talk by Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy, a senior data scientist at Singapore's Institute for InfoComm Research and a Monash University Adjunct Associate Professor. 

The 14 seminars in the series will be held 9am–10am AEST each Friday until 4 November, with the mostly international speakers connected via videoconferencing to a UQ and Monash University audience.  

A particular coup for the series is gaining Dr Genevieve Bell as a speaker. Dr Bell is an anthropologist and Intel's only female fellow, the company's highest technical rank. The topic for her seminar on 5 August is on what animals reveal about the Internet of Living Things. 
See the full seminar schedule on the RCC seminars webpage. Subscribe to RCC Seminar Alerts so as not to miss any seminar information.

Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy     Dr Genevieve Bell
Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy           Dr Genevieve Bell

August Tech Talk to focus on Imaging Analysis Tools

Dr Andrew JankeDate: Friday, 5 August 
Time: 3–4pm AEST
Brisbane venue: Room 505A, level 5, Axon Building (47), UQ St Lucia Campus (or join remotely)
Next month's Tech Talk will focus on imaging analysis tools with Dr Andrew Janke (pictured) from UQ's Centre for Advanced Imaging and Dr Grischa Meyer, a senior research programmer and data architect at Monash University, on the panel.

The monthly Tech Talk is an initative of ANDS, Nectar, QCIF, Intersect, VICNode, eRSA and Pawsey. All are welcome to join this informal discussion and networking event. 

Did you miss out on attending this month's Galaxy workshop?

Those who missed out on the Galaxy workshop held during this month’s Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology will be pleased to know another will be held at UQ in the near future.
The three-hour workshop held on 6 July at the Queensland Bioscience Precinct was oversubscribed with 36 registered (the maximum number), with people queuing at the door to fill any no-show seats. Read more

More women featured at this year's Winter School

Gender balance was a particular feature of this year’s Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology, held 4–8 July at UQ, with near parity in presenters and workshop organisers.
Of the 34 invited presenters, workshop organisers and those who gave resource talks, 16 were women, i.e. 47 per cent. Read more

2016 Winter School speakers
Speakers at the 2016 Winter School, L–R: Dr Siew Kee Amanda Low, Dr Kate Patterson and Alexandra Essebier. (Photos by Dr Nick Hamilton.)

RCC events in pictures...

Software Carpentry at the UQ Winter School 

Areej Alsheikh (above) teaching R at the Software Carpentry workshop 11–12 July, held as a tie-in event with the UQ Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology. Workshop attendees are featured below. (Photos by Dr Nick Hamilton, RCC/QCIF).

Software Carpentry workshop attendees

QUESTnet 2016

David Abramson at QUESTnet
RCC Director Prof. David Abramson presented at QUESTnet on the Gold Coast on 7 July on the topic of UQ's new data storage fabric, MeDiCI. (Photo by QUESTnet.)
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What's On

UQ Hacky Hour, every Tuesday, 3–4pm, UQ St Lucia. More info
NB: No Hacky Hour on 19 July.
AURIN Masterclass, 15 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
Stories that Data Tells: Rich Insights from Sparse Data, 29 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
GovHack 2016, 29–31 July, various locations. More info
The Internet of Living Things: Or, what are the animals telling us?, 5 August, UQ St Lucia. More info
Tech Talk: Imaging Analysis Tools, 5 August, UQ St Lucia. More info
Who is afraid of I/O?: Exploring I/O Challenges and Opportunities at the Exascale, 12 August, UQ St Lucia. More info
Increasing the Efficiency of Workflows: Use Cases in the Life Sciences, 19 August, UQ St Lucia. More info
Multi-scale Dynamics: Molecules to Cells, 26 August, UQ St Lucia. More info
International Workshop on Science Gateways—Australia, 10 October, Melbourne. More info
eResearch Australasia, 10–14 October, Melbourne. 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.

Full RCC seminar series schedule
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