News and events from New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).
Issue No. 48
January 2019

Powering global climate simulations

“Without HPC access we would be unable to do any global climate simulations.”

Within their first weeks of operation, NeSI’s new platforms were making a big impact on how New Zealand researchers tackle challenging problems. Just ask Dr. Annika Seppälä, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Otago, who relies on high performance computing to study the influence of solar activity on climate.


Tracking coastal precipitation systems

"The new code implemented is much faster and runs more efficient on NeSI platforms."

University of Auckland researcher David Coppin and his colleagues have a model that can label and track precipitation systems, allowing them to better understand the systems' origin and evolution. To simluate one day of systems over the Earth's topics took about four hours. The model was effective on a small scale, but would have taken months of compute time to simulate systems over a year. Luckily, he got some help from NeSI’s Computational Science Team.

Career Opportunity: HPC Senior Science Advisor and Platforms Architect - NIWA

Deadline to apply: 03 February 2019

NIWA / NeSI are seeking an HPC Senior Science Advisor and Platform Architect to work nationally with scientific communities, and drive positive change to NIWA and NeSI's shared infrastructure and services platform to advance researchers' computing & analytics capabilities.


eResearch NZ 2019: Programme now online

Less than three weeks to go before our 10th Anniversary event!  Still time to register!

Our full programme is now online and we're counting down the days to New Zealand's premier eResearch event! Single-day and full conference registrations are still available. Join us in Auckland from 18-20 February!

Growing researchers' computational skills

A review and analysis of NeSI's Training Strategy

Since 2012, NeSI has been building New Zealand researchers' computational abilities, with a focus on developing advanced computational skills. This report looks back at those training activities and their impacts over a three-year period, and also looks ahead to how future NeSI training initiatives could be deployed to maximse impact.


International RSE survey: Results are in!

Tune into the Tech Talk webinar to learn more about researchers who code

On Friday 08 February, NeSI's Research Communities Advisor, Nooriyah Lohani, will share the New Zealand and Australia results from a recent international survey of Research Software Engineers (RSEs). She's speaking as part of a panel in a webinar to build awareness of the NZ/Aus RSE communities. The event is the first of a new monthly Tech Talk series, organised by Australia's ARDC (built from ANDS, NeCTAR, and RDS) and RDS Nodes - QCIF, Intersect, NCI, TPAC, VICNode, eRSA and Pawsey.


In other news...

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  • New live status page for NeSI's HPC, storage, and Data Transfer services. Subscribe to our new Status Page for live updates on system uptime, outages, and scheduled maintenance. Click here to view the page.
  • Free ABI Seminar 13 Feb - "The future of tech interaction": Join Augmented Reality pioneer Professor Mark Billinghurst from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and human-computer interaction expert Professor Aaron Quigley from University of St Andrew’s, Scotland, to discuss the future of empathic computing and discreet computing. Click here for details.
  • Multicore World Conference in Wellington 12-14 February: Experts and leaders from around the world are converging for three days of sessions on high-technology evolution and its applications. Learn more.
  • Women in Data Science Wellington - 9 March: This one-day event aims to share the latest data science related research and applications in a number of domains, support women in the field, and to connect local colleagues. Registration is open.
  • Team proposals for GPU Hackathon due 04 February: Just a few days left to submit a team proposal for the GPU Hackathon coming to Perth from 25 - 29 March. Click here for more information.
  • AI-DAY coming to Auckland 27-28 March: Themed as "AI is Everywhere",  AI-DAY 2019  features a conference, two days of workshops, and a two-day Hackfest. Click here for more information.
  • OpenMP developers invited to submit: OpenMPCon 2019, the annual gathering for the global OpenMP developer community, is coming to the University of Auckland on 9-10 Sept. Its Call for Submissions is now open! This event is being hosted alongside IWOMP 2019 (11-13 Sept). 

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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