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Applications for the 2014 National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) open on Friday 4 October.

To find out about eligibility to apply, click here.

Applications to the NCMAS are prepared online via the NCMAS web site, http://ncmas.nci.org.au

Applications close at 9am, Friday 8 November 2013.

Vayu is scheduled to go out of service on 30 September 2013. If you need assistance moving your projects to raijin please contact NCI User Services: help@nci.org.au

See http://nci.org.au/event/vayu-end-of-service/

The Intersect Node now has 42 collections approved by the Storage Allocation Committee for ingest, consisting of 1186 TB of data. 

Intersect’s RDSI vendor Hitachi Data Systems and host Macquarie Telecom have kicked off the installation process, and the infrastructure is expected to be installed by the end of September.

The Chief Scientist and the Australian Research Committee (ARCom) have released their Strategic Research Priorities, see www.innovation.gov.au/StrategicResearchPriorities

The National Research Priorities have been discontinued and associated reporting requirements will be phased out by 30 June 2014.

The strategic research priorities will drive investment in areas including the future of research infrastructure funding, which will be more closely aligned with the identified priorities than in the past.

The nation’s most powerful computer was officially launched today at the opening of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computing centre at The Australian National University (ANU).

Named after the Japanese god of thunder, lightning and storms, Raijin can perform the same number of calculations in one hour that would take seven billion people armed with calculators 20 years. More at: http://nci.org.au/2013/07/31/minister-carr-launches-nci-climate-high-per...

We now have 35 collections approved by the Storage Allocation Committee.

The cutoff date for the next round of applications is Monday 12th August.

The NCI National Facility is pleased to announce that the new Fujitsu Primergy, Raijin, will be available to users in a phased approach starting early next week. 

Raijin is a high-performance cluster with 57,472 cores (Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge 2.6 GHz), Mellanox FDR interconnect, 160 Tbytes of main memory, 10 Pbytes of useable fast filesystem, running the OneSIS cluster manager, and the PBS Pro workflow manager.

Named after the Japanese God of Thunder, Raijin has debuted at number one in Australia, and number 24 in the world on the TOP500 list of best supercomputers.

Details of the hardware can be seen at http://nf.nci.org.au/facilities/fujitsu.php and an evolving User Guide at http://nf.nci.org.au/wiki/RaijinUserGuide.

Information for users

Users' /home directories from vayu have been copied to raijin and /short directories created.

Users will be responsible for transferring files from /short on vayu to raijin.

Raijin is using PBSPro for job scheduling and accounting. This means that existing vayu batch scripts will need some editing to run on raijin. Details of the required changes will be given in the User Guide but please check it regularly as these may change.

File system quotas will initially be fairly strict but we expect to be able to be more accommodating of individual requirements in the coming weeks. The User Guide will be kept up to date with details of logging in, the batch system and changes to quotas as they progress.

The database of grants will be populated on Monday morning and, after that, groups of users will be invited to login and start using raijin. As raijin will have a separate accounting system from vayu, xe and dcc it will not be possible to apply one grant across all computers. We expect that vayu will continue to operate for some time into quarter 3 and all projects will have a grant of time there. The grants already in place for quarter 3 were based on availability of raijin only so they will remain unchanged and will be applied to raijin.

Not all software on vayu has been ported to raijin at this stage. The software web page http://nf.nci.org.au/facilities/software/ will be updated as more packages are added. Please email help@nf.nci.org.au if there is a particular package or library that you use on vayu that has not yet been installed on raijin and we will install it as soon as possible. We are also taking this opportunity to formalise the access arrangements for some licensed software and will provide more details on this in the next few weeks. 

Lucy Guest
Communications & Outreach Manager, NCI

NCI has announced a mid-year call for applications for processor time and related data storage on under the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS).

The new Fujitsu Primergy, named raijin, will be available for Q3 taking computational resources to four facilities: 

Note that this is a call for applications for new projects. It is not intended to increase current grants for Q3 and Q4.

The closing date for applications is Monday, June 3 2013.

The Call for Applications at ncmas.nci.org.au/applications provides additional background and information about the NC Merit Allocation Scheme.

Under the NCMAS, resources are allocated to researchers on merit through a process which assesses applications on their research quality and computational requirements and needs.  Access under the NCMAS is provided for by Commonwealth (NCRIS) funding and presently researchers provided with resources under this scheme are not charged by NCI for the services provided.  For the second half of 2013, the value of these resources is approximately $0.04 per core hour, an amount which can be stated as an in-kind contribution to research granting bodies (e.g., ARC, NHMRC).

Intersect has begun work on the Human Communication Science (HCS) Virtual Laboratory, a University of Western Sydney led project that will connect HCS researchers with a range of tools by which they can analyse corpora previously spread across various sites with varying degrees of accessibility.

HCS research encompasses areas such as speech science, computer science, behavioural science, linguistics, music cognition, musicology, sonics and acoustics. The cross-disciplinary nature of the tools and corpora in HCS vLab promises to facilitate research that will provide new insights into old problems.

The lab is designed to make use of national infrastructure – including data storage, discovery and research computing services. It adapts existing eResearch tools to work on shared infrastructure, with a data-discovery interface to connect researchers with data sets, orchestrated by a workflow engine with both web and command line interfaces. Read more and check the project website for progress.

The Human Communication Science (HCS) Virtual Laboratory acknowledges funding from the NeCTAR project http://www.nectar.org.au, an Australian Government project conducted as part of the Super Science initiative and financed by the Education Investment Fund, as well as co-funding from participant institutions.

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