May newsletter

Issue No. 38
May 2017
  • Barbara Chapman Helping Expand OpenMP Community
  • Case study: Turning data points into research insights
  • eResearch NZ 2018 | Call for submissions
  • NeSI Vacancies
  • eScience 2017 – 5 Workshops Vying For Your Attention!
  • In other news...
  • Recent research outputs

Barbara Chapman Helping Expand OpenMP Community

Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board, a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organisations creating the standard for today’s most widely-used shared-memory parallel programming model.

Barbara Chapman, a member of NeSI’s Research Reference Group and Director of Brookhaven’s Computer Science and Mathematics research team, spearheaded the move. Read more...

Case study: Turning data points into research insights

“By splitting the computational workload over hundreds of cores, we were able to significantly reduce the amount of time needed to produce these data-rich high-quality models.”

The more we know about an area’s topography and landscape, the better plans we can make for land use proposals, transportation strategies, even natural disaster planning. At Landcare Research, scientists are using NeSI supercomputers to help paint a more accurate picture of the Greater Wellington Region.

LiDAR, an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging, is a surveying method that uses the light of a laser to measure the Earth’s surface for building high-resolution 3-dimensional (3D) maps and models.

Using LiDAR, Dr James Shepherd’s team at Landcare Research is hoping to better understand the composition of Wellington’s forest canopies as well as what’s found underneath, such as vegetation class or group, carbon, biomass, terrain, and impacts from possums. Read more...

eResearch NZ 2018 | Call for submissions

Queenstown, 12-14 February

Submissions are already open for eResearch NZ 2018, returning to Queenstown from 12-14 February next year.

The conference theme for 2018 is “The eResearch Outlook: Impact, Sustainability and Excellence”.

Key dates
15 July 2017: Abstract submission closes at 11.59pm NZST
15 August 2017: Presenters will be notified of their abstract results
1 October 2017: Programme announcement
2 October 2017: Early Bird registration closes

NeSI Vacancies

NeSI is searching for an outstanding Solutions Manager

The Solutions Manager role is an infrastructure leadership position within NeSI which requires a strategically minded and hands-on technologist keen to enable and enhance research through applying advanced computational technologies.

This is a specialised role requiring a solutions design background in either a High Performance Computing or research/complex computing environment; and a strong track record in scientific research, software and computing systems leadership and management.

As an effective leader, you’ll gain the respect of the team because you’re technical by training, but you’re also that rare breed that understands the human element and aspires to manage and motivate a team. You’ll have the commercial nous to work effectively in a joint venture environment, and the communication skills to foot it with the wider team, the research communities and institutions as well as the user community.

If this sounds like you, apply now!

eScience 2017 – 5 Workshops Vying For Your Attention!

eScience 2017 announces five workshops confirmed for the coming meeting, 24 – 27 October in Auckland, New Zealand.

Workshops will be held on the first day, 24 October, followed by three days’ discussion with leading international and interdisciplinary research communities, developers, and users of eScience applications and enabling IT technologies.

Research itself is undergoing a series of radical changes driven by a digital revolution, and this conference is the premier international forum to share the results of the latest research and product developments. 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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