Flexibility

Flexibility
October 7, 2014 Fuller

You are the agile researcher with access to on demand compute resources. eResearch gives you the ability to be nimble and flexible in an ever changing research environment.

One of the biggest benefits of cloud based resources is their scalability, giving you the ability to access more resource as you need it.

With our data storage capability you can make your research data secure, discoverable and accessible without having to invest in your own infrastructure which can take months and require a significant financial investment. This gives you the ability to store, access or publish data on the go as you need it.

Many researchers are using the cloud to provide computing resources for simulations and data analysis in a variety of research areas including genomics, evolutionary biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, theoretical and experimental high-energy physics, applied mathematics and medical research.

Some groups are making use of small virtual machines (VMs) with a few processing cores, others are taking advantage of the largest VM size with 16 cores and 64GB of memory, while several groups have set up a private cluster in the cloud using eRSA’s implementation of the StarCluster software on the Australian Research Cloud.

The Cloud is also being used for hosting databases and web applications. Researchers at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) are using the cloud to host a database on the immune system and research groups at SAHMRI and the Centre for Cancer Biology are using it as a platform to develop and host other bioinformatics databases and web applications. Flinders University made use of the cloud to temporarily host their web site during a major university-wide network upgrade.

  • “It would be impossible to do the type of research that we’re doing without them – it is a major factor in achieving our research outcomes.”  
    Associate Professor Con DoolanSchool of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • "eResearch capabilities ... ensure we can continue to use the latest methods available in our field. The hope is that through the use of these technologies, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible.”  
    Professor Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyCognitive Neuroscience, UniSA
  • “Having access to greater computer power helps us put in place a more realistic model in terms of the number of atoms you can have in the system and that improves the predictive power of the calculations.”
    Professor Andrea GersonMinerals and Materials Science & Technology
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    Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
  • “The supercomputing facilities at eResearch SA permit analysis of a host of interesting problems in evolutionary biology. It is the only computer system in SA that can perform certain complex calculations required to infer large evolutionary trees and associated patterns of evolution.”  
    Associate Professor Michael LeeSouth Australian Museum
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    David BlockowData to Decisions CRC

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