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RCC News: November 2015

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RCC helps researchers analyse the world in 3D

RCC has developed some novel techniques to visualise hydrodynamic models, working with UQ’s School of Civil Engineering. 

RCC research analyst Oliver Cairncross has worked with Dr Badin Gibbes and Dr Dave Callaghan from the School to develop a flow data application that makes it much easier for researchers to spot and analyse patterns. Read more

Multimodal visualisation of water flow direction
Multimodal visualisation of water flow direction.

RCC staff co-author Genomics Virtual Lab paper 

Two RCC staff have co-authored a paper on the Genomics Virtual Laboratory published in the open access scientific journal PLOS ONE on 26 October.

Dr Igor Makunin and Derek Benson were two of 11 authors on 'Genomics Virtual Laboratory: A Practical Bioinformatics Workbench for the Cloud.'

Both Igor and Derek work for RCC specifically on the NeCTAR GVL project—Igor in Research Support, and Derek as a Cloud Computing Systems Administrator. 

More info about the GVL Team.

Dr Igor Makunin    Derek Benson
Dr Igor Makunin                        Derek Benson

Dr Nick wins ARC grant and is keynoter in Indonesia

RCC's Dr Nick Hamilton was awarded an ARC grant in the funding round announced on 30 October. 

Dr Nick, and co-researcher Associate Professor Ian Smyth of Monash University, will receive $488,100 across 2016–2018 for their research on 'Morphological development of the kidney—a paradigm for organogenesis'. 

It was a week of career highs as Dr Nick was also a keynote speaker on 3 November at the third Indonesian Mathematical Society (IndoMS) International Conference on Mathematics and its Applications (IICMA).

Nick's talk was on the structure of the kidney and mathematical modelling of kidney development.

Dr Nick Hamilton at IndoMS
Dr Nick Hamilton presenting at the International Conference on Mathematics and its Applications.

UQ projects win top prizes at HealthHack Brisbane 

The team that took on a challenge from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) won first prize at HealthHack Brisbane 2015, held 23–25 October. 

The team—which included data hackers from 
Halfbrick Studios, the Brisbane video game company that created Fruit Ninja—developed PainPal, a holistic pain management app involving diagnostic, management and information components. It aims to bring patients and their families, researchers and clinicians together to address problems.

RCC co-sponsored the event. Read more

Team PainPal
The PainPal team won first prize at this year's HealthHack Brisbane.

RCC showcases FlashLite at eResearch Australasia 2015

RCC's Prof David Abramson presenting new HPC FlashLite at eResearch Australasia 2015

RCC Director Prof David Abramson (pictured above, second from right) showcased new data-intensive high performance computer FlashLite at October's eResearch Australasia conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

QCIF invited its members to present their eResearch services and resources at its exhibition booth at the conference (19–23 October), which RCC readily accepted.  

Prof Abramson designed FlashLite, based on Gordon, the US National Science Foundation supercomputer. FlashLite is available to Australian researchers via QCIF's QRIScloud portal.

More FlashLite information

Hacky Hour starts at UQ

An informal fortnightly Hacky Hour has started at St Lucy café on UQ’s St Lucia Campus.

Learn how to start up a virtual machine on the Australian research cloud, install software on your laptop, or find out more about Software Carpentry.

RCC's Belinda Weaver and UQ PhD student Sam Hames run Hacky Hour fortnightly on Tuesdays, 4–5pm. The next Hacky Hour is 17 November. All are welcome to attend. (Follow Hacky Hour on Twitter.)

Hacky Hour at UQ on 3 November 2015
Hacky Hour at UQ on 3 November 2015.

RCC helps develop HPC program at local high school

RCC has joined a project to provide high performance computing opportunities to students at Faith Lutheran College, Redlands. 

HPC@FLC is a collaborative initiative between the Brisbane school, RCC, the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT), and Melbourne's John Monash Science School, where RCC Director Prof David Abramson, formerly of Monash University, first helped to introduce a similar program. 

As part of HPC@FLC, two students—Travis Jacob and Harrison Cook—will attend SC15, a supercomputing conference in Austin, Texas from 15–20 November.

HPC@FLC in the Bayside Bulletin
The HPC@FLC project, as featured in community newspaper the Bayside Bulletin on 12 August 2015. 

RCC's seminar series will return in 2016

The RCC seminar series has ended for 2015. RCC will have another exciting lineup of speakers and computing topics next year, which we hope to announce in early 2016 (subscribe to RCC Seminar Alerts).

The videos and slides from the 2015 seminar series will be made available over the coming months, and will be announced via future editions of RCC News

Meanwhile, here's who/what was featured at the RCC seminars in October 2015...

David Abramson and Robert Sinkovits
RCC Director Prof David Abramson introducing Dr Robert Sinkovits (on screen), Gordon Applications Lead at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Dr Sinkovits' talk on 30 October was on Improving Wildlife Tracking via HPC.

Prof Tony Hey QUT/UQ lecture
Q&A virtual style: Prof Tony Hey, University of Washington, (on screen) fields a question from an attendee in RCC's videoconferencing facility. Prof Hey's talk on 23 October was on The Computing Universe: Towards the Third Age of Computing, a Distinguished Visitor Lecture at QUT shared with UQ via RCC. (Photo by Shannon Lindsay, RCC.)

Dr Sandra Gesing
Dr Sandra Gesing, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, at the start of her RCC seminar on 23 October on Science Gateways in the Big Data Era.

Dr Jelena Pješivac-Grbović
RCC Director Prof David Abramson introducing Dr Jelena Pješivac-Grbović (on screen), Senior Software Engineer, Systems Infrastructure, Google Inc. Dr Pješivac-Grbović spoke on 16 October on Computing in the Google Cloud Platform.

(All photos by RCC/IMB's Dr Nick Hamilton, unless otherwise stated).
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What's On

Software Carpentry + Data Carpentry Instructor & Helper Retreat, 14 Nov. More info
SC15, The International Conference for HPC, Networking, Storage & Analysis, 15–20 Nov, Austin, Texas. More info
HackyHour St Lucia, 17 Nov (occurs fortnightly on Tuesdays, 4–5pm), St Lucy cafe, UQ St Lucia. More info
Bioinformatics workshop on de novo assembly, 25–27 Nov, UQ St Lucia. More info
Online Software Carpentry Instructor Training, Dec. More info
Software Carpentry Train the Trainer, 18–19 Jan, UQ St Lucia (FULL).
Dr Nick's Image Clinic, most Monday mornings, for IMB researchers and held, by Dr Nick Hamilton, at IMB.

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