March 2017 newsletter

Issue No. 36
March 2017
  • NeSI's national platform procurement plans
  • eResearch NZ 2017 | Recap
  • Welcome to our newest team member
  • Case study: NeSI’s supercomputer helps shed light on future climate
  • Congratulations to Professor Brendon Bradley of QuakeCoRE
  • 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prize Winner
  • NeSI Vacancies
  • IEEE International eScience Conference 2017
  • In other news...
  • Recent research outputs

NeSI's national platform procurement plans

Early in 2016 NeSI started preparations to replace our FitzRoy (IBM P575/POWER6) and Pan (IBM iDataPlex x86) platforms, selecting a single procurement process with NIWA as the lead agent working alongside NeSI’s other partners.

In addition to the replacement giving the sector newer, faster high performance computers there will also be a major increase in research data storage capability, design for end-to-end workflows across institutional boundaries, virtual research laboratories, and remote visualisation services.

All NeSI users will go through a managed migration onto the new platforms, which will include data and code movement plus user training on new processes. Read more...

eResearch NZ 2017 | Recap

Hosted in Queenstown in February by NZ Genomics with cohosts REANNZ and NeSI, eResearch NZ 2017 was a resounding success. 170 attendees came together from the research community around New Zealand and the globe to discuss the theme of "Shaping the Digital Future; Opportunities for Australia & NZ Science Communities."

Minister for MBIE, Paul Goldsmith, attended the glittering gala dinner and gave a keynote address, highlighting the importance of science and research to New Zealand.

We hope to see you next year in Queenstown for eResearch NZ 2018 from February 12-14!

L to R: NeSI Board member Murray Poulter, NeSI Chair Rick Christie, NeSI Director Nick Jones, NeSI Board member Andrew Rohl at the eResearch NZ 2017 gala dinner.

Welcome to our newest team member

NeSI's newest team member is Shen Wang. Shen has come on board as an Analyst Programmer based at the University of Auckland.

Welcome Shen, we hope you feel right at home as part of Team NeSI!
Read more about Shen...

Case study: NeSI’s supercomputer helps shed light on future climate

“NeSI is providing the supercomputing infrastructure on which we are producing climate simulations, both globally and using a regional climate model. You cannot operate an Earth System Model without a supercomputer." Dr Olaf Morgenstern, NIWA

Climate change is widely seen as a leading problem of our times. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its 2013 Assessment Report, states that “human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”

The impressive ability of climate models to capture many aspects of the climate system has made them the cornerstone of all IPCC assessment reports; they are widely used to quantify the human influence on climate. However, the Earth is a highly complex system, and there remain numerous challenges to improving climate models. Read more...

Congratulations to Professor Brendon Bradley of QuakeCoRE

Congratulations to Professor Brendon Bradley, winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist prize.

Prof. Bradley, from the University of Canterbury, is leading worldwide research into the effects of ground shaking caused by earthquakes.

Prof. Bradley and his team at QuakeCoRE have worked with NeSI over the past few years, and you can read more about this work in our case studies: "Visualisation of Canterbury earthquake simulations" and "When getting back to basics is better than fancy new tools".


2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prize Winner

Congratulations are also in order for Professor Richie Poulton and his team, who have won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Study.

Prof. Poulton describes the research as providing the most detailed data on human development ever amassed and says it is arguably the preeminent study of its type in the world.

Prof. Poulton's work with NeSI features in this recent case study: "University of Otago researchers join the international high-speed data superhighway".


NeSI Vacancies

NeSI is looking for an outstanding Service Development Manager, to be based at the University of Auckland.

The Service Development role, whilst employed by the University of Auckland, is a NeSI national role. Your primary responsibilities will be to manage service development and delivery to create efficiency. A key goal of the role is to work alongside the team and researchers to support stakeholder value realisation, monitoring and reporting.

If you’re interested in picking up a national challenge and being a part of something unique, then this role may be for you! Read more...

IEEE International eScience Conference 2017

Auckland, 24-27 October

From 24 – 27 October this year the 13th IEEE eScience conference will be held in Auckland. The objective of the eScience Conference is to promote and encourage all aspects of eScience and its associated technologies, applications, and tools.

This conference is the premier forum worldwide to present the results of the latest research and product development. Read more...

In other news...

Recent research outputs

We are always interested in hearing about research outputs generated with the help of NeSI. To notify NeSI of upcoming publications, please email If you would like to be kept up to date with research outputs as NeSI includes them, please join our Mendeley Group.

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