Joanne Whittaker is a Research Fellow at the School of Geosciences in the University of Sydney. She conducts research investigating Earth-ocean system phenomena including understanding interactions between upper mantle convection patterns and the manner with which they interact with the newly forming lithosphere of ocean basins.
Nicky Wright is fascinated by the earth’s geologic history. She is currently researching paleogeography throughout the Phanerozoic and combines GPlates, an open source plate tectonic software, with the online global Paleobiology Database to reconstruct past environments. "I am learning how to unravel the secrets of past worlds..."
Sabin Zahirovic is a PhD candidate at the School of Geosciences in the University of Sydney conducting research on the plate tectonic history and evolving geography of our planet through geological time. Sabin has studied the history of the collision between the Indian and Eurasian continent that was responsible for the uplift of the Himalayas and Tibet.
Maria Seton is an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney. She works in the field of plate tectonics and geodynamics, reconstructing the configurations of the continents and ocean basins over hundreds of millions of years using GPlates, a Virtual Geological Observatory prototype.
Dr Shelley Wickham is a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Working in Associate Professor William Shih’s lab, the entire lab uses an open-source electronic lab book. Shelley shares her research story.
Associate Professor Martin Sevior performs experiments with the world's highest intensity and energy particle accelerators in Japan and at CERN in Switzerland. He shares his research story.
Izabela Ratajczak-Juszko is a Research Fellow at the Climate Change Adaptation Programme of the Global Cities Institute at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She shares her research story.
As a final year veterinary student, Chairman of the NeCTAR project Board, Dr Graham Mitchell AO wrote an essay on the thymus gland - and has been hooked on immunology ever since. Today he is one of Australia's top biological scientists and holds an Order of Australia.
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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.
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.