When Dr Kay Ayre* was a special education researcher at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) she would carry a portable hard drive to regularly back up her files of data.
“Doing this was quite unsettling,” she said, “because there was always the risk of the drive being lost, left somewhere or left at home when needed at work or vice versa. Plus, it was easy to forget to back up regularly and that could be problematic.”
Fortunately, she attended an information session at USQ in which QCIF’s USQ-based eResearch Analyst Dr Francis Gacenga introduced academic staff to QRIScloud, QCIF’s cloud computing service, and Nextcloud, an application designed to facilitate access, sharing and collaboration across data sets.
QRIScloud-accessed Awoonga is one of the high-performance computers behind a University of Queensland all-women authored paper published recently in the “Women in Computational Chemistry” special issue of an international chemistry journal*.
The five researchers, who at the time were all based at the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science (CTCMS) in UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), had their paper published in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling on 28 May 2019.
The paper reveals certain electrode materials can be easily tuned for different reactions or temperatures, meaning hydrogen could be produced more sustainably and economically by reducing the amount of precious metals used. This has applications in making hydrogen fuel cells more sustainable, as well as for other fuel cell technologies.
Through QCIF, a Griffith University renewable energy researcher has taken his work to the next level with all-important access to national high-performance computers.
Before contacting QCIF, Dr Yun Wang of Griffith’s Centre for Clean Environment and Energy was facing the very real possibility of having to stop computational research due to a lack of HPC resources. This would have been a major setback as supercomputers are essential to his research, using large-scale computations in order to understand the properties of complicated materials at the atomic level.
Thankfully, friends at the University of Queensland recommended Yun contact QCIF for help.