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. “I can now search texts much quicker and modify them to suit my purposes." Lauren is encouraging other researchers. "Reach out...there is such great infrastructure...try something new and do not be afraid.”
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Queensland node of the NeCTAR cloud
Queensland Cyber Infrastructure - establishing a Queensland node of the NeCTAR cloud
QCIF together with its members and partners will establish a Queensland node of the national NeCTAR Research Cloud.
The Research Cloud provides open, robust and scalable platforms for researchers to deploy, share and manage research applications. Building from current cloud applications for genomics, and for the ecology and characterisation research communities, the Queensland node will support NeCTAR Virtual Laboratories and Research Tools in these and other areas.
Extending the application of its expertise to other fields it will promote cross-institution and cross-disciplinary collaboration, providing access to applications and facilities for data-intensive “connected researchers” in a broad range of disciplines. The node will leverage data collections stored in RDSI nodes, and integrate with access to Queensland-based HPC facilities and specialised cloud data services. It will support federation with commercial, and national and international research compute clouds. QCIF will manage the node to ensure it is sustainable well beyond the life of the initial NeCTAR project.
QCIF is a not-for-profit Company whose members are Queensland universities. QCIF funds, governs, manages and supports high-performance, high-throughput computing infrastructure, large-scale data storage and eResearch services. Partners supporting QCIF developing the Queensland Research Cloud node are CQ University, Griffith University, James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Bond University, CSIRO, NICTA, TERN, Ergon Energy, and Queensland State Government through the Departments of Employment Economic Development and Innovation, Environment and Resource Management, and Transport and Main Roads.
Rob Cook, CEO QCIF