News and events from New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).
Issue No. 47
December 2018

Supporting new innovations in image processing

“Access to NeSI means that we can keep up with the state-of-the-art research in this area."

Andrew Chen, a PhD Candidate at the University of Auckland, is using NeSI computing resources to improve the accuracy and efficiency of algortithms used in image processing and computer vision research.


Global context to the marine methane paradox

“Parsing through this amount of information requires machines with plenty of computing power.”

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas contributing substantially to global warming. Scott Lockwood, a PhD student at the University of Otago, is using NeSI’s newest supercomputer to investigate some of the causes of methane production.

Happy Holidays from the NeSI Team 

We wish you a safe and happy holiday break! 

Over the last 12 months, our team, capabilities, and platform have expanded to provide even greater impact and benefit to research in New Zealand. We'll be checking off more big milestones in 2019, and working collaboratively with New Zealand researchers, communities, and Te Ao Māori to see those through. Thank you for your continued support. Our offices will be closed from Dec 22 to Jan 3. See you in 2019!

eResearch NZ 2019: Speakers announced

Register before 18 January 2019 to grab the Early Bird rate!

We've had some exciting additions to our eResearch NZ 2019 programme! We're pleased to welcome new keynotes, a preliminary list of speakers, and Cray as a Gold Sponsor. Join us in Auckland next February to connect with researchers across disciplines and communities who are using digital tools to advance research outcomes.

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

Deadline to apply: 27 January 2019

NIWA / NeSI are seeking an HPC Senior Science Advisor and Platform Architect. The position will work nationally with scientific communities gathering their High Performance Computing & Data Science (HPC&DS) needs and extracting patterns, issues, and requirements that help drive positive change to NIWA and NeSI's shared infrastructure and services platform.


Last chance to participate in RSE survey

Deadline extended to 31 Dec 2018 for New Zealand & Australia

If you develop research software, the NZ/Aus Research Software Engineer (RSE) community wants your input. As part of an international initiative to collect more information about RSEs, the NZ/Aus survey is a first step at identifying key characteristics of the local community and gives RSEs the opportunity to express views about their current job and career path. The survey is completely confidential, takes about 10-15 mins to finish, and only has a handful of mandatory questions.

Click here to complete the survey...

Welcome to new NeSI Team members 

The Auckland office has brought on new experts to better support the genomics community

We're pleased to welcome Brian Flaherty as a Product Manager – Data, and Dinindu Senanayake as an Application Support Specialist. Brian will be helping NeSI identify needs related to genomic data governance protocols being developed by Genomics Aotearoa, and Dinindu has an immediate focus on supporting the Genomics Aotearoa community and other bioinformatics users.



In other news...

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  • NeSI and Genomics Aotearoa have announced a new partnership. Leveraging NeSI’s specialised high performance computing (HPC) platform, the partnership will deliver tools like virtual lab environments and data management services, as well as skills training in computational research tools and approaches, tailoring them to New Zealand's unique researchers, communities, and Te Ao Māori. Click here for more information.
  • Have a question about using our new platform? Visit our NeSI User Support Centre -- our growing knowledge base of documentation, technical guides, and frequently asked questions. Can't find the answer you're after? You can always email us anytime at
  • Need some extra NeSI support with your research project next year? NeSI consultants can assist with code optimisation, parallelisation, porting to GPUs, custom code development and many other tasks. Get in touch if you are interested to find out more - Note: Researchers with Merit or Collaborator projects can access this service at no cost to themselves.
  • A majority of NeSI users say their migration onto Mahuika and Māui went well. NeSI recently surveyed all users who've moved onto the new platforms, to help us improve users' experience on the new systems. Of the 174 who responded to the survey, 64% said any issues they encountered were resolved through the migration process. Another 36% of respondents still have issues outstanding, which we are investigating. A recap of some of the user feedback is posted here.
  • New Zealand’s first conference on artificial intelligence in healthcare is happening 18-19 January in Auckland. Hack Aotearoa invites health professionals, data scientists and innovators from across Aotearoa for workshops and discussion on the concepts of using artificial intelligence to improve health care.
  • Registration is open for the 14th International Digital Curation Conference is open! Early bird rates end 07 January. Hosted at the University of Melbourne in February 2019, the theme is "Collaborations and Partnerships: addressing the big digital challenges together". Click here for more information.
  • The global OpenMP community is coming to Auckland! The University of Auckland will play host to two international OpenMP conferences in September 2019 -- OpenMPCon 2019 (9-10 Sept 2019) and IWOMP 2019 (11-13 Sept 2019). Calls for Papers for both events are coming soon!


Recent research outputs

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

  • Droplet crystal ground states of a dipolar Bose gas, D. Baillie and P. B. Blakie, Physical Review Letters 121, 195301 (2018), [arXiv]
  • Mischler, C.; Veale, A.; van Stijn, T.; Brauning, R.; McEwan, J.C.; Maloney, R.; Robertson, B.C. Population Connectivity and Traces of Mitochondrial Introgression in New Zealand Black-Billed Gulls (Larus bulleri). Genes 2018, 9, 544. doi:10.3390/genes9110544

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