• Helping reduce Australia's carbon footprint
  • Making it easy to create virtual universes
  • NCI joins NeCTAR Research Cloud


Joanne Whittaker is a Research Fellow at the School of Geosciences in the University of Sydney. She conducts research investigating Earth-ocean system phenomena including understanding interactions between upper mantle convection patterns and the manner with which they interact with the newly forming lithosphere of ocean basins.

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MARVL, the Marine Virtual Laboratory funded through NeCTAR, is helping marine scientists make better use of ocean observations to improve forecasting and planning for marine and coastal environments.


In late June 2014 NeCTAR brought together over 50 attendees of its Virtual Laboratory and eResearch Tool projects with infrastructure providers to reflect on NeCTAR’s current research software investments, and to guide implementation of future research software investments described in the NeCTAR NCRIS 2013 Final Project Plan.


Human communication scientists can now study speech, language, text, and music on a larger scale, thanks to Alveo, a virtual laboratory funded through NeCTAR.  Alveo was officially launched in June 2014 and brings together data collections, analysis tools, and workflow in a common environment.


NeCTAR welcomes National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) to the NeCTAR Research Cloud, and congratulates the NCI team on commissioning their public cloud node of 3200 new high-performance CPU cores in early April 2014 to join the exising capability provided by the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, and eResearch South Australia.


The Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO) empowers astronomers to build complex customised views of the Universe, all from the comfort of their own computer. Swinburne Associate Professor Darren Croton, said: “TAO makes it easy and efficient for any astronomer to create these virtual universes. It's the culmination of years of effort that is now at the fingertips of scientists around the world... using TAO it might take a few minutes to create a mock catalogue of galaxies, versus months or even years of development previously.”

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