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RCC News: December 2016

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UQ gets closer to global data sharing

UQ is a step closer to participating in massive global data movement operations, thanks to a RDS supported project between RCC, the Queensland Brain Institute and the University of California San Diego.
The project team has successfully trialed migrating data between UQ and UCSD using UQ’s new data fabric MeDiCI (Metropolitan Data Storage Infrastructure).
The exciting news means in the near future, UQ researchers could be involved in international automatic data migration and real-time data experimentation and scientific workflows. Read more

San Diego Supercomputer Center
The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD, where a large part of the data sharing project took place.

All I want for Christmas is a remote desktop on Tinaroo

Remote desktop access to HPC Tinaroo should be available to use before the end of this year.
Tinaroo remote desktop access, which should result in a better and easier HPC user experience, has been undergoing implementation and testing by RCC.

Tinaroo users who are interested in trying the prototype (shown below), should visit the Tinaroo desktop webpageRead more

remote desktop on Tinaroo

RCC support over the holiday season

Between 24 December 2016 and 2 January 2017 inclusive, the following RCC supported systems will remain on and running:
  • FlashLite
  • Euramoo
  • Tinaroo
  • St Lucia Research HSM Storage
  • Software licences served from RCC infrastructure, including:
    • Intel Compilers
    • Altair HyperWorks product suite purchased with TInaroo
    • Mathematica*. Read more

RCC Director named as finalist for ITnews’ Education CIO of the Year

RCC Director Prof. David Abramson was named on 24 November as a finalist in the 2017 ITnews Benchmark Awards.

David is in the running for Education CIO of the Year, a title he won in last year's awards. 

Winners are chosen by votes. Staff and colleagues can commend a finalist by emailing the judges. Visit the ITnews website to view all the finalists and to cast your vote. 

Prof. David Abramson at last year's ITnews Benchmark Awards.

HyperWorks updated on Tinaroo and FlashLite

Altair HyperWorksAn update to the HyperWorks software suite has recently been deployed on Tinaroo and FlashLite.
"Altair HyperWorks — A Platform for Innovation" was purchased as part of the Tinaroo HPC cluster acquisition earlier this year.
HyperWorks is a computer-aided engineering software suite that includes a variety of tools for defining and refining computational meshes and models, solving models and visualising results. It has applicability across a wide range of disciplines within engineering, design and the physical sciences.
For more information about the latest HyperWorks on Tinaroo and FlashLite, please visit RCC's secure website (UQ login required).

Read all about SC16 by those who were there

Three RCC staff and one RCC-sponsored partner who last month attended SC16, the world’s largest supercomputing conference, in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., have written reports about their experience.

The conference, held 13–18 November this year, is centred on the practise, research and outcomes of scientific computing. With more than 10,000 attendees and hundreds of lectures, papers and briefings, it is the highlight of the year for all high-performance and research computing focused staff, researchers and industry professionals.
RCC's Prof. David Abramson, Dr Minh Dinh and Dr Jin Chao have all written about their experience at SC16, as has Jake Carroll, Senior IT Manager (Research) at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute. Read the reports here.

David Abramson at SC16
Prof. David Abramson (behind the lectern) speaking at the DDN Storage booth at SC16.

RCC sponsors secondary students to attend SC16 

Six high school students attended SC16, the world’s largest supercomputing conference, last month with support from RCC and technology companies SGI and ScaleMP.
Two students from Brisbane’s Faith Lutheran College and four students from the Queensland Academy of Science, Maths and Technology headed to Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., for the 13–18 November conference.
They joined four students from Melbourne’s John Monash Science School, whose school funded their attendance. Read more

RCC sponsored high school students at SC16
The Australian high school students at SC16 with their guides and chaperones, including RCC Director Prof. David Abramson (second from left).

RCC’s Dr Marlies Hankel promoted to Senior Research Fellow

RCC/QCIF eResearch Analyst Dr Marlies Hankel (pictured) will be promoted from Research Fellow to Senior Research Fellow, effective from 1 JanDr Marlies Hankeluary 2017.
Marlies said she was “very grateful for the recognition of my academic as well as service achievements.”
RCC Director Prof. David Abramson said he was delighted to see her promoted. “Marlies is a valuable member of our team, and has significant expertise in theoretical chemistry and supercomputing." Read more

RCC’s 'Dr Nick' nominated for two IMB awards

Dr Nick Hamilton
RCC/QCIF/IMB eResearch Analyst Dr Nick Hamilton (pictured) has been nominated for two Institute of Molecular Bioscience Impact Awards, one for collaboration and teamwork, the other for service and support.
Nick was the only person nominated in two categories. All IMB staff and students were eligible to be nominated for the awards. Read more

RCC Director to chair eScience 2017 and ACSW 2018

David AbramsonRCC Director Prof. David Abramson has announced he will have chairing duties at both next year’s IEEE eScience conference and 2018’s Australasian Computer Science Week.
This comes on top of the news announced in October that David will chair next year’s eResearch Australasia conference, being held 16–20 October in Brisbane. Read more

UQ staff and students attend Web scraping and data cleanup workshop

RCC and UQ ran a half-day Web scraping and data cleanup workshop for UQ staff and students in the Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship on Friday, 25 November.
Marco Fahmi from UQ’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and RCC’s Belinda Weaver led the workshop, which attracted 18 participants. Read more

Web scraping and data cleanup workshop, 25 November 2016
Marco Fahmi teaching Web scraping and data cleanup to UQ staff and students.

Please provide your feedback on Software Carpentry

If you have ever attended a Software Carpentry workshop, please provide your feedback here (it should take just 5–10 minutes).
RCC/QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader Belinda Weaver is surveying workshop attendees for her UQ Master of Philosophy research on 'Investigating the efficacy and usefulness of Software Carpentry training for researchers'.

RCC events in pictures...

Closing talk in the 2016 RCC seminar series

Prof. Mary Hall's seminar for the RCC/MURPA seminar series
Prof. Mary Hall, from the University of Utah's School of Computing,
delivered the last talk in RCC's 2016 women-in-technology seminar series on Friday, 4 November. She discussed the role of an autotuning compiler in getting to exascale in high performance computing. The video of her seminar can be viewed on RCC's YouTube channel. All but one of the seminars in this year's series were recorded and posted to YouTube: view them all here


Data wrangling in R at UQ Hacky Hour

Hacky Hour UQ, 8 November 2016
James Lefevre of IMB helps Psychology researcher Emily Harris data wrangle in R at the UQ Hacky Hour on Tuesday, 8 November. Hacky Hour is now on hiatus for the rest of this year, but will return in early 2017. Hacky Hour is usually held weekly on Tuesdays, 3–4pm at Cafe Nano on the St Lucia Campus. Follow @HackyHourStLuc on Twitter, and the Hacky Hour UQ blog, for updates.

All photos by Dr Nick Hamilton, RCC/QCIF/IMB.
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