Intersect app using government data wins national plaudit
Intersect’s Dr Cameron Maxwell (second from left) with Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Nick Hudson from RICS, third from right.
A partnership involving Intersect and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (amongst others) earned national recognition at the 2013 CitySwitch Green Office Awards for leadership in energy-efficiency.
The new award for national partnership was won by the group for the innovative mobile ‘Leasa’ app. Intersect developed the winning app which uses government data to assist commercial office tenants decide on the most energy-efficient space to lease.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore presented the awards at a ceremony at Sydney Town Hall.
RDSI in full production
Our RDSI node is now in full production. There are now 48 approved collections and 1300 Tbs of storage allocated.
Our “Proof of Concept” project for the provision of NoDe storage directly to members is progressing and should be completed by the end of next month.
LIEF Grant to tackle grand challenge research successful
The Intersect led consortium of 11 universities was successful with an ARC LIEF grant for funding commencing in 2014 entitled “Renewing Intersect’s share of the National Computational Infrastructure’s peak facility”. An amount of $1,025,000 was awarded to fund our merit share of the NCI facility for the next three to four years. The lead CI for this proposal was A/Prof Evatt Hawkes with UNSW the administering organisation. This is the third successful ARC LIEF grant in a row to fund High Performance facilities for NSW researchers. This represents a leverage of 1.9 for a co-investment of $540,000 by members.
FAIMS project success
Intersect services were included in another successful ARC LIEF grant. The ARC supported the Federated Archeology Information Management Project with $400,000. This builds on a successful NeCTAR proposal and is led by Dr Shawn Ross with UNSW as administering organisation.
Help with grant applications
A successful trial was recently undertaken at UNE to help researchers applying for ARC funding to articulate good data management practices in their proposals. We will be contacting Research Offices in the near future to discuss how Intersect can add value to existing grant development programs with other members. Please contact your local eResearch Analyst for more information.
Asia Pacific Media tour
Last week an international delegation of journalists visited Sydney to learn about the Intersect RDSI node, the $2M cloud data platform that supports data intensive research and collaboration. 17 journalists travelled from 8 countries to learn about this Australian initiative, seen as a best practice implementation of big data storage and access.
The Intersect RDSI node is hosted in Macquarie Telecom’s Intellicentre 2 data centre and powered by technology from Hitachi Data Systems. Its purpose is to provide free cloud storage for nationally significant data sets, enabling researchers to secure, access and collaborate on these collections using fast, robust storage. More at bit.ly/18fVDWG
Open Data Forum
In November Intersect partnered with the NSW Government Department of Finance and Services and the Sax Institute to host an Open Data forum, workshop on data linkage, and subsequent panel discussion, as part of the NSW Government Open Data and ICT policies.
The forum featured addresses by the Minister for Finance and Services, the Hon Andrew Constance; Director General NSW Department of Finance and Services, Laurie Glanfield; Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan AO; and NSW Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Coombs.
- The NSW Open Data Policy, see: http://www.finance.nsw.gov.au/ict/sites/default/files/NSW Government Open Data Policy 1.0_3.pdf
- “NSW Globe”- A platform based on Google maps to view, explore and upload spatial data and imagery: http://globe.six.nsw.gov.au/
- Adoption by the NSW Government of the Open Access Licensing Scheme recommended by AUSGoal
- Commencement of a program to federate open data provided by NSW, SA, QLD and Federal Governments.
- Australia has joined the International Open Government Partnership which will require the development of a national action plan (for open data), http://www.opengovpartnership.org/
- An open source API originally developed by NY Times that is used to search NSW data may be of interest https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/api
Open Data Workshop
As part of the forum, Intersect and the Sax institute hosted a workshop titled “Innovating with Open Data – Data Linkage”. This followed from a previous forum hosted with the Department of Finance in Services in April 2013 (http://www.intersect.org.au/docs/gov-res-apr-2013.pdf).
NOTICE: Raijin extended downtime 1 – 16 January 2014
NCI is planning an extended downtime for Raijin and data centre services commencing Wednesday 1 January 2014 for preventative maintenance and replacement of Infiniband cable infrastructure. More information at http://nci.org.au/event/raijin-extended-downtime-january-2014/
Test SGI UV on loan to Intersect
Intersect is testing a large memory system on loan from SGI. In our current systems, Orange and Raijin, memory of single nodes is limited to 256GB. Going beyond that decreases the overall speed of a node. Some projects from genomics, finance, turbulence, combustion, and fluid dynamics benefit from much more memory.
We have identified a few projects from the fields above, but if you are interested in joining this test and have a suitable model for this architecture ready to go contact email@example.com and briefly explain your plan.
The technical specification is:
- Intel Sandy Bridge processors (8 core, 2.4GHz, 95W). Total 112 cores and 1.7TB memory
- 2 nVidia K5000 GPU cards.
- RedHat 6.4
- Currently with nVidia drivers, Cuda software, and SGI management software.
Are you being served?
To better respond to user requests Intersect is developing a service desk to support infrastructure (HPC, RDSI and NeCTAR node) and infrastructure users. This will also provide an interface for monitoring, alerting, change, asset, configuration and other aspects of infrastructure management. We have now selected a vendor and are completing final negotiations with the aim of having the new system in production shortly.
Call for NeCTAR Research Cloud addresses
We are still looking for IPv4 address space and would be very interested in discussing this further with any of our members who may be able to help.
Research Adviser (AeRO ICT user support) underway
Engaging institutional help desks, increasing the number of available services and enhancing the knowledge base will be the focus of Stage Two of the AeRO ICT User Support. Research Adviser is one part of the framework that comprises a Generic Tier 1 Support Package containing service protocols, templates, knowledge bases, and training material (available on the AeRO Wiki website https://sites.google.com/a/ersa.edu.au/aerowiki/home AeRO is seeking opportunities to further engage with institutional help desks and we invite you to be part of this exciting project to help increase your service effectiveness. Subscribe to the IT User Support list at http://bit.ly/1cmVGRN See www.aero.edu.au or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The following training courses will occur in the near future:
- 3 Dec: Cleaning & exploring your data with Open Refine https://intersect-50.eventbrite.com.au/?ref=ebapi
- 3 Dec: Data Visualisation with Google Fusion Tables https://intersect-51.eventbrite.com.au/?ref=ebapi at Intersect
- 4 Dec: UNSW – Advanced HPC (Parallel Programming) https://intersect-33.eventbrite.com.au/?ref=ebapi UNSW BOOKED OUT!
- 4 Dec: UTS – Data Visualisation with Google Fusion Tables https://intersect-49.eventbrite.com.au/?ref=ebapi BOOKED OUT!
- 4 Dec: UTS – Cleaning & exploring your data with Open Refine https://intersect-48.eventbrite.com.au/?ref=ebapi at UTS
- 23 Jan 2014: Intersect – Parallel Programming for HPC (Advanced) https://intersect-47.eventbrite.com.au/?ref=ebapi at Intersect
Kelly Lennon joined us as a marketing consultant.
Rowan Brownlee will work on ANDS projects.