News and events from New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).
Issue No. 46
'Movember' 2018

​Understanding the Kaikoura earthquake

“Without NeSI’s supercomputer, we cannot run the software with a sufficient resolution for the research problem.”

What triggers severe earthquake ground shaking? And when a large earthquake hits, what changes does it cause in surrounding areas? GNS Seismologist Dr. Yoshi Kaneko has been working with NeSI's computational science team and using NeSI supercomputing resources to answer those and other important questions about earthquake rupture processes and aftermath effects.


Learning from the Deepwater Horizon spill

“We’ve used NeSI to run arrays of hundreds of genome-related jobs in order to achieve rapid simultaneous processing.”

What's the relation between deep-sea bacteria and New Zealand waterways? University of Auckland researcher Dr. Kim Handley and her colleagues used NeSI computing resources to analyse the genomes of 57 uncultivated bacteria reconstructed from the Deepwater Horizon's post-spill sediments. Understanding these bacteria and their interactions with oil could have applications elsewhere.

eResearch NZ 2019: Accepting submissions! 

Local & international submissions welcomed! Deadline: 30 November 2018 

We're seeking lightning talks, presentations, panels, Birds of a Feather (BoFs), workshops, and posters. Our theme of 'People.Powered.Research.' will bring together researchers across disciplines and communities who are exploring or innovating the ways digital tools support and advance research outcomes in NZ and internationally. 

New platforms mark a step change for science

“This is a crucial resource for New Zealand science that will assist our researchers to seek solutions to some of today’s most urgent problems.”

On 7 November, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods officially opened the High Performance Computing Facility housing NeSI's new platforms, Mahuika and Māui. The new facility is the culmination of more than a year of collaborative work and coordination, led by NeSI with its investors, to coordinate the procurement, design, and launch of the new platforms.

Meet NeSI's Solutions Manager: Blair Bethwaite

Ready to explore possibilities & collaborations that support New Zealand's research communities

Over the last decade, Blair Bethwaite (pictured above, far right) has had a front-row seat for some major evolutions in the types and applications of technologies supporting research. Now, he’s joined NeSI as its new Solutions Manager, putting him in a prime position to help NeSI navigate an evolution of its own.


Bridging gaps and building collaborations 

As NeSI's Research Communities Advisor, Nooriyah Lohani is keen to connect with researchers

Navigating the ins and outs of New Zealand’s computational research system can be tricky, particularly if a researcher is new to using digital tools to support their work. That’s where Nooriyah Lohani, NeSI’s new Research Communities Advisor, can help.


Fiona Carswell joins NeSI Board of Directors 

Fiona Carswell (left) joins Rick Christie, Andrew Rohl, Stephen Whiteside, and Murray Poulter

NeSI is pleased to announce that Fiona Carswell, Chief Scientist at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, has been appointed to the NeSI Board of Directors. As a long-time and active member of New Zealand’s research sector, she brings valuable experience and leadership to the NeSI Board.



In other news...

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  • Interested in using machine learning applications on NeSI? On 25 September, NeSI and Cray brought together experts and innovators in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to explore the impacts and opportunities for machine learning in New Zealand's research ecosystem. Click here to read a recap from the event.
  • Congratulations to NeSI Platforms Manager Michael Uddstrom! Michael was recently recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Science New Zealand National Awards event at Parliament.
  • NeSI's 2017 Annual Review is now online: Click here to view or download the report. If you would like a hardcopy mailed to you, send us an email.
  • NIWA / NeSI Job Opportunity: We are seeking an HPC and Cloud Systems Engineer, to be based at NIWA's office in Wellington. The successful candidate will lead the support and development of infrastructure and platform services based on NeSI's new OpenStack capabilities. Click here to view the full job posting.
  • Registration for the 14th International Digital Curation Conference is open! Hosted at the University of Melbourne on 4-7 February 2019, the theme is "Collaborations and Partnerships: addressing the big digital challenges together". Click here for more information.
  • Welcome new NeSI team members! NeSI is pleased to welcome two new faces to our team in Auckland. Meet Callum Walley and Nitharsan Puwanendran.
  • Joining the Mo-vement: As part of Movember, NeSI team member José Higino is shelving his shaver to raise funds and awareness for men's health. Click here to learn more and donate.


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