Supercomputing For All: How HPC Leader, NCI, Harness Open Source and SoftIron

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Joff Pearce, Solutions Architect at SoftIron and Andrew Howard, Associate Director - Cloud Services at NCI

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In this webinar, learn how a combination of open source technologies and the right hardware enables Australia’s preeminent high-performance data, storage and computing facility to evolve its existing infrastructure for efficient, cost-effective and storage-savvy supercomputing for all. Supercomputing is becoming ever more accessible to enterprises worldwide through the power of open source technologies and the example of organisations like NCI, who are paving the way forwards for HPC-driven research and innovation. Democratising supercomputing will create more opportunities for scientific discovery, expanding the pool of brilliant minds able to contribute insight and solutions to critical global issues, from climate change to virulent disease. By minimising the expenditure required to establish, manage and maintain a solution, and choosing a mixture of hardware storage tiers to optimise for density and scale, the age of supercomputing for all is closer than ever. About NCI: NCI brings the Australian Government and the Australian research sector together through a broad collaboration involving the largest national science agencies, universities, industry and the Australian Research Council. Their mission? To radically enhance the high-performance computational methods and capabilities available to Australian researchers. They’re achieving this aim through providing data services and supercomputing expertise to thousands of researchers every year, enabling high-impact research and innovation that would be otherwise impossible to undertake. NCI are custodians of the nation’s most powerful supercomputer, its highest performance research cloud, some of its fastest filesystems, its largest national research data repository, and its leading data services stack.
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