Shannon Lindsay

Shannon Lindsay

Shannon Lindsay

The HPCs behind UQ’s all-women Chemistry paper

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.

QCIF helps Griffith clean energy researcher gain more time on national supercomputers

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.

USQ music researcher hopes to uncover the keys to creativity

University of Southern Queensland PhD student Bonnie Green is looking at piano teaching practices and how they have either promoted or denied the creativity of those who go on to become piano teachers.

She is using QRIScloud for data and document storage and is thankful to have a free, secure system that readily aligns with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2007.

CQU data tool eases “mango madness”

Summary

CQUniversity-developed FruitMaps is a data tool that takes real-time data from multiple sources and displays them visually to provide a simple, free, online decision support tool adapted for use by farmers to assess fruit maturity and assist harvesting planning.

The data collections that underpin the tool are stored on QRIScloud, QCIF’s cloud computing service.

FruitMaps’ pilot users, farm managers in Queensland and the Northern Territory, have welcomed the data tool to help minimise crop loss and plan for resources, such as labour, at peak times.

FruitMaps is currently being developed for other uses, such as assessing soil quality, and quality control of coral trout exported to China, and for use with other crops important to Australia’s economy, such as citrus, bananas and avocadoes.

USQ researchers tackle Australian agriculture’s weed problem

Summary

University of Southern Queensland researchers are using drones to map farms to help form a more targeted, lower-cost and environmentally-friendly approach to eliminating weeds.

The aim is to develop a commercial system to reduce the use of herbicides when using existing weed-spraying technology.

Large volumes of aerial imagery and drone data being collected by the USQ team during the project’s current trial period are stored and managed on QCIF’s QRIScloud, a cloud computing service for Queensland researchers.

Weeds have a devastating economic impact on Australian agriculture. The federal Department of the Environment and Energy estimates weeds cost Australian farmers $1.5 billion a year in weed control activities and a further $2.5 billion a year in lost agricultural production.

QRIScloud-powered app to increase profitability of Australia’s cattle industry

Summary

CQUniversity-developed DataMuster is a groundbreaking animal monitoring Web application that links biology with technology, combining automated livestock management hardware, such as weighing systems, with cutting-edge software so that beef producers have a precise and real-time understanding of individual animal performance.

With DataMuster, farmers can make informed decisions to improve cattle genetics, cattle management and supply chain management.

After a two-year pilot trial involving six farms and Queensland’s Belmont Research Station, DataMuster is now being offered as a commercial service.

QRIScloud, QCIF’s cloud computing service, provides the server to run the app and hosts the data automatically collected from DataMuster-using farms.

QRIScloud supports globally significant Australian Threatened Species Index project

Summary

Australia’s Threatened Species Index (TSX) project is developing a tool to allow holistic reporting on the broad status of Australia’s biodiversity, as is routinely done for the economy.

TSX, led by the University of Queensland’s Professor Hugh Possingham, will support more coherent and transparent reporting of changes in biodiversity and will assist those working towards protecting threatened species.

This is the first time a threatened species index will be created in Australia, and in fact, worldwide.

The project team is using QRIScloud, QCIF’s cloud computing service, to run the thousands of combinations of indices, and for data storage — QRIScloud hosts the TSX database and Web service.

National HPC access via QCIF paves way for researcher’s bright future

QCIF offers a number of services for researchers from our member universities who need to gain access to world-class HPC resources. These include training courses, face-to-face support, and a “grant” program to fund early-career researchers to get a track record in the use of national HPC facilities.

Dr Jed Burns, an early-career researcher (ECR) within The University of Queensland’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, is looking to tackle a big problem.

Cloud Computing Enables Genomics Researchers To Devote More Time And Resources To Research

Summary

In a bid to reduce time and financial constraints, the University of Queensland’s Microbial Genomics Lab is increasingly using free cloud computing resources, such as QCIF’s, for a range of ARC and NHMRC-funded projects that use genomics to investigate multi-drug resistant superbugs.

For the Lab, QCIF developed a customised version of a virtual laboratory compute cluster on QRIScloud, QCIF’s cloud computing service. This infrastructure will support rapid investigation of healthcare-associated bacterial outbreaks as part of the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance project.

The Microbial Genomics Lab previously relied on in-house IT hardware to run bioinformatics analyses, which require high-performance compute environments. However, increased computational demands, and associated administrative overheads, led the lab’s team to seek alternatives to obtaining and maintaining their own expensive HPC hardware.

QRIScloud delivers satellite data to Australian farmers, govt and the public

Dan Burnham, a fifth-generation cattle grazier, is happy. Ground cover on his certified organic 2,500-hectare property, near Thangool in central Queensland, is up approximately 10 per cent.

Good ground cover — earth with grass or other plants — is essential not only for grazing, but also to minimise flood damage and polluting runoff. Healthy paddocks result in healthier livestock and better financial returns for the grazier.

Mr Burnham’s increased ground cover is partly thanks to Vegmachine — a free, fast online tool providing Australians with world-class, detailed ground cover analysis to help with grazing and land management decisions.

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