News and events from NeSI, the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure.
Issue No. 43
June 2018

Improving earthquake forecasting methods

"If we want to solve real world problems, we need sophisticated models.”

Accurate advance warnings of large earthquakes could potentially mitigate property damage, activate early response efforts, and most importantly, save lives. Using NeSI resources, Ting Wang is building and testing statistical models that could one day provide better estimations of when a large earthquake could strike.


Water conservation applied to weather models

"NeSI’s support on this project will improve the accuracy of our flood forecasts.”

Alex Pletzer and Chris Scott from NeSI’s Solutions Team worked with Dr Céline Cattoën-Gilbert, a NIWA Hydrological Forecasting Scientist, and Dr Trevor Carey-Smith, a NIWA Climate Scientist, to improve New Zealand's capacity to predict severe weather and its flow-on effects such as flooding and storm surge.


The new platforms are nearly here...

Interested in a training session to help you get started on the new systems?

To help users get started on our new systems, NeIS will host training sessions on a range of how-to topics, from accessing the machines to submitting jobs to the Slurm scheduler. To help us plan the location and number of sessions, we've opened pre-registration.  


Science Coding Conference 2018 

Registration & Call for Submissions now open!

We're gathering NZ's research software engineers, developers, IT managers, and coding enthusiasts to discuss tools, bridge gaps, and share ideas. Join us to tap into this growing community!


Massive data transfer sets record on REANNZ

Hundreds of terabytes of data, tens of millions of files transferred

A massive migration of user data is underway between NeSI's Pan cluster at the University of Auckland and the new system Mahuika in Wellington. REANNZ saw its network traffic reach record load levels last month as part of the data transfer.   


New additions to the NeSI team

Expanding our expertise in data analytics, user support, and research community engagement

Over the last few months, NeSI has expanded its team in Auckland and Wellington. Please join us in welcoming Nancy Lin, Mandes Schönherr, Thomas Berger, and Nooriyah Lohani.


In other news...

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  • Research Bazaar events are coming to Auckland on 27-29 June, Wellington on 4-6 July, and Dunedin 4-6 July. With sessions for all skill levels, these hands-on, interactive events help researchers build their digital literacy skills. Click here for more details.
  • eResearch Australasia 2018 has extended its Call for Abstracts to June 22. You can submit presentations, lightning talks, BoFs, workshops, or hackathons to join the program in Melbourne on 15 – 19 October, 2018.
  • On June 28, the 8th international Women in HPC workshop will be held at ISC18, Frankfurt, Germany. The workshop will discuss methods and steps that can be taken to address the under-representation of women.
  • There's still time to register for PEARC18, happening July 22-25 in Pittsburgh, PA. This year’s conference theme is Seamless Creativity.
  • Looking for a research training event in the critical and fast developing area of deep learning? Check out the 2nd International Summer School on Deep Learning, hosted in Genova, Italy from 23-27 July.
  • Leaders and experts from more than 17 international research & education (R&E) networks will descend on Auckland from 2-5 August for the 46th Asia Pacific Advanced Network Meeting (APAN46), hosted by REANNZ.
  • You can now purchase your early bird tickets for the 14th IEEE eScience Conference. This year's event tales place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 29 Oct – 1 Nov, 2018.

Recent research outputs

Below is a sample of research outputs reported to us by NeSI users. To notify NeSI of your publications, please email

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