The NeCTAR Research Cloud expects a large expansion in 2014 with capacity trebling to around 30,000 CPU cores thanks to more research cloud nodes joining the federated effort and existing cloud nodes expanding their offerings.
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NeCTAR welcomes eResearch South Australia (eRSA) to the NeCTAR Research Cloud and congratulates the eRSA team on commisioning 1700 new CPU cores in February 2014 to join the existing capabiity provided by the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF).
Across Australia, extensive networks and communities of medical researchers have studied endocrine disorders, yet previously, there was no common software infrastructure to connect them. The NeCTAR funded Endocrine Genomics Virtual Laboratory (endoVL) uses the NeCTAR Research Cloud to empower clinicians to securely and easily access bioinformatics data. It is now used by 45 cancer centres globally.
When University of Melbourne’s e-Research Director Professor Richard Sinnott tasked his first ever Cluster and Cloud computing group of 50 students to use the NeCTAR Research Cloud to analyse real-time Twitter data around Australia - no-one dreamed Adelaide’s tweeters were the biggest fans of pop group One Direction or certain areas of Brisbane would tweet the most swear words.
Dr Roger Proctor, Director of the IMOS eMarine Information Infrastructure, says the NeCTAR Research Cloud is providing IMOS with new abilities to access data worldwide, in real time and with interoperability. “The scale of the NeCTAR Research Cloud means we are not constrained by resources. This is an entirely different way of working and thinking."
NeCTAR is building eResearch infrastructure for Australian researchers in four areas: Virtual Laboratories; eResearch Tools; Research Cloud and secure and robust hosting service (National Servers Program). If you have a great software idea why not host it on the NeCTAR Research Cloud? Collaborate with your research communities and software support experts to see what is possible.
NeCTAR is proud to announce the full release of the new Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL). For geophysicist Dr Carina Kemp it is a game changer. “The speed at which we can now carry out our geophysical inversions was not possible before... using the VGL, it does the cropping and any pre-processing, like re-projecting the data, on the fly and we can complete our work in a matter of hours, instead of months."
The NeCTAR Research Cloud is located at eight different organisations around Australia, yet operates as one cloud system.
Researcher Lauren Gawne has just completed a linguistics PhD thesis. She is not necessarily a technical person, yet has embraced the technologies of the NeCTAR cloud and by doing so, says it has created many online benefits, cost savings, efficiencies and collaborations.