In this issue:
- eResearch Australasia 2011;
- Share your ideas at TNC2011;
- Utility and Cloud Computing Conference 2011 in Melbourne;
- Usage of ARCS Services continues to grow;
- Monash University Shibbolizes ‘Nimrod Portal’ with support from the AAF;
- Victorian Minister for Technology, Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips, Launches the Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE), 9 March 2011;
- About this newsletter.
eResearch Australasia 2011
Please mark your diary for eResearch Australasia 2011: eXtreme eResearch, November 6-10 in Melbourne at the Sebel and Citigate Albert Park. Stay tuned for the Call for Participation which will be issued later this month. We hope to see you there.
Program Director, eResearch Australasia
Share your ideas at TNC2011
It's not to late to share your ideas at the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2011) from 16-19 May 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition to attending the conference, and 'networking with networkers' from across Europe and the world, participants can also share their ideas by giving a lightning talk or presenting a poster.
Submit a proposal for a lightning talk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 April 2011, include a short biography, proposed title and a description of your talk. You'll have five minutes to focus on an idea, a successful project, a cautionary tale, a quick tip, a short demonstration or an invitation to collaborate.
For more information see: http://www.terena.org/news/
Brook Schofield, TERENA Project Development Officer
Utility and Cloud Computing Conference 2011 in Melbourne
The 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2011) focuses on principles, paradigms, and applications of "Utility computing" and its practical realisation in industry, especially in the form of Cloud Computing. UCC 2011 will bring International researchers together to present their novel and innovation solutions to these complexities. In addition to a best paper award, highly rated Top 6 papers from the conference will be selected for publication in a special issue of the "Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS)" Journal published by Elsevier Press. http://www.cloudbus.org/
eResearch Project Leader
Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative
After a thorough testing and beta availability period, we're proud to announce the general availability of CloudStor, AARNet's web-based large file transfer solution. Sincere thanks go out to our many testers! Keen to give it a try? https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.
CloudStor is web-based, so file transfers are done over standard secure http (https); no need to open additional ports on your firewall. You can gain access to CloudStor simply by using your institutional account (thanks to the Australian Access Federation). If you need to receive files from people outside of the AAF, that's possible too: you can issue them an upload voucher giving one-time upload access to the service.
Development continues - there's a lot of new cool features yet to come, one being completely Flash-free operation, relying on nothing but HTML5. Stay tuned!
Want to know more? http://www.aarnet.edu.au/
eResearch Director, AARNet
Usage of ARCS Services continues to grow
With over 3300 registered Australian users of EVO, over 1160 registered users of the Data Fabric and now over 600 downloads of the IPhone application "Connect-In", there has been up to 35% growth in some services since Christmas 2010, demonstrating continued demand for the ARCS services. This demand is set to grow even further as museum's are increasingly using EVO and the Data Fabric to overcome state government firewall restrictions which have for some time restricted communication and data sharing not only between museums and universities but also between the various museums themselves.
The Data Fabric is Australia's national file system for storing and sharing research. It is designed to overcome regional and institutional barriers that inhibit optimal research outcomes. For more information about EVO, Connect-In or the Data Fabric, visit www.arcs.org.au
Business Manager, ARCS
Monash University Shibbolizes ‘Nimrod Portal’ with support from the AAF
Nimrod Portal, a user-friendly web-based portal for researchers working with parameter sweeps, optimization and scientific workflow applications has recently been ‘Shibbolized’ by Monash University - allowing researchers from institutions affiliated with the Australian Access Federation (AAF) a single sign-on using their home institution’s Identity Provider (or access pass).
Developed by the Grid Engineering (Message) Lab of the Faculty of Information Technology and the Monash e-Research Centre, lead developer Dr Jefferson Tan said this was made possible thanks to a mini-grant provided by the AAF in 2010. Users can now also launch jobs to the Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) Grid from within Nimrod using short-lived ten day certificates, removing a need for annual certificate renewals via ARCS.
Visit Nimrod Portal: http://www.messagelab.monash.edu.au/Nimrod/WhereToRunNimrod
Manager Outreach and Education
Monash e-Research Centre
Victorian Minister for Technology, Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips, Launches the Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE), 9 March 2011
The Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE), a project led by Monash University in collaboration with the Australian Synchrotron, CSIRO and the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing, was launched on 9 March at the Australian Synchrotron by the Victorian Minister for Technology, Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips.
The facility, which is funded by both the Victorian Government and the National Computational Infrastructure, will provide Australian scientists access to two High Performance Computers (HPCs) housed in Clayton, and will be the primary Australian HPC facility for computational imaging and visualisation. MASSIVE will provide the hardware, software and expertise to help scientists apply advanced imaging and visualisation techniques across a wide range of scientific fields, providing an unprecedented view of captured data and simulated models.
For more information on the MASSIVE Launch visit: http://www.massive.org.au/, or Monash Memo, 9 March 2011: http://www.monash.edu.au/news/show/massive-research-opportunities
Manager Outreach and Education
Monash e-Research Centre
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