National eScience Infrastructure to be launched today

Supercomputing link-up project officially gets underway

The $27 million National eScience Infrastructure is to be formally launched today, at a function in Auckland.

The project, known as NeSI, will link supercomputers at the University of Auckland, Canterbury University, the University of Otago, NIWA, AgResearch and Landcare Research.

The six research institutions are co-funding the project to the tune of $21 million, with the government providing the rest.

At a briefing yesterday, acting NeSI director Nick Jones described the initiative as “a combined investment in a centralised infrastructure.”

Applications that could be utilised by the project include nanotechnology and molecular modelling, as well as work relevant to the Christchurch earthquakes, participants from the various institutes noted at yesterday’s briefing.

With funding confirmed and the project officially underway, NeSI is advertising for staff to manage the initiative.

It is seeking a director and a technical programme manager, to be based at the University of Auckland.

The job description for the technical programme manager notes: “You will work with established and emerging science leaders and research groups across New Zealand, helping to build communities that deal with the: data deluge, multiscale and multidisciplinary science, and other challenges facing our computing systems, advanced approaches to resource scheduling and reservation, distributed storage, cloud computing, and related technologies.”

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