#HelloTANGO: Our TANGO Launch Event

#HelloTANGO: Our TANGO Launch Event
August 30, 2017 Chris Button

HPC, Cloud, innovation, food and pinball – the TANGO launch event had it all.

Thursday 24 August saw the official unveiling of the TANGO HPC and Cloud infrastructure at the YourDC data centre, where a crowd of 50+ people gathered to celebrate and learn about the new technology.

eRSA CEO Mary Hobson began proceedings by introducing the format of the day and spoke about the hard work that made TANGO possible.

Mary Hobson TANGO Launch

Mary Hobson

Dell EMC’s High-Performance Computing Leader, Andrew Underwood, was the first of the guest speakers. He spoke about how high-performance computing promotes growth, scientific discovery, and innovation among several different industries, allowing the processing of data that isn’t possible with desktop computers. Andrew explained that an HPC is essentially a large calculator capable of crunching huge amounts of data in a short space of time. His presentation also stated the value of investing in HPC technology; for every single dollar invested, $514 is generated in revenue. Andrew concluded his presentation by reinforcing how well-equipped TANGO is to meet increasing researcher demands, and spoke on behalf of Dell EMC in saying “We’re really excited to see the possibilities of TANGO for the SA economy and researchers.”

Andrew Underwood TANGO Launch

Andrew Underwood

Following Andrew was Marcus Gunn, a Senior Systems Engineer with Dell EMC. Marcus conducted a live demonstration of VMWare’s hybrid Cloud management platform, vRealize. While showing how easily Cloud storage and backups can be automated to prevent data loss and manual error, he emphasised the importance of self-service and making using these technologies easy for consumers.

Marcus Gunn TANGO Launch

Marcus Gunn

After the vRealize demonstration, VMWare Australia and New Zealand’s own Aaron Steppat, Senior Product Marketing Manager, discussed how digital transformation is an integral part of innovation. Using a number of prominent examples, Aaron explained that the most successful companies of the 21st century are those who best capture the manpower of their user-base. For example, ride-sharing company Uber is said to have the largest fleet of cars in the world, but physically own no cars – Uber’s users own the vehicles used. Facebook generates millions of content every day, but does not create its own – Facebook’s users do. Also, an increasing number of fast food chains are introducing user-driven “choose your own ingredients” options, which then automatically feeds into the franchise’s research and development, providing ready-made data to influence future menu decisions. Aaron concluded by highlighting the importance of TANGO and VMWare’s integrated architecture, allowing users to easily access their data across different Cloud platforms from wherever they are.

Aaron Steppat TANGO Launch

Aaron Steppat

YourDC Scott Hicks finished the day’s formalities, before taking guests on a tour around the facilities, followed by a delicious lunch provided by Bree May, the winner of My Kitchen Rules 2014, and her team of caterers.

Scott Hicks TANGO Launch

Scott Hicks

Bree May TANGO Launch

Bree May and her team

A few games of pinball were on the cards once everyone had tasted the gorgeously-decorated TANGO cupcakes – at one stage, almost the entire eRSA office were challenging the high scores, with limited success!

TANGO launch stress cups

TANGO squishy stress coffee cups – taking the stress out of innovation!

Upon the day’s conclusion, everyone walked away excited by the prospects of what can be achieved using TANGO HPC and Cloud, including a number of IT publications who covered the TANGO announcement.

View the full album of photos from the TANGO launch via the eRSA Facebook page.

  • “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
  • “Open source intelligence is about extracting information from blogs, news sites and social media platforms, any information that can be freely accessed online. There’s way too much information out there for an individual or group of people to comprehend, so we have created automated tools to allow our users to extract the data they need...access to the latest technology allow[s] us to continue to provide the best platforms to our end-users.”
    David BlockowData to Decisions CRC
  • "The eRSA support is very personal and solution-focused and not just a brushing off 'it's-your-fault-check-your-code' kind of support which one sometimes gets from University tech supports. I very much appreciate the help."  
    Sven SchellenbergSchool of Science, RMIT University
  • "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
  • On using an eResearch program to complete 3D modelling of architectural records: “We were able to build an interactive, photo image model of the [historical South Australian property Joseph Elliot’s cottage] home – transforming simple sketches and floor plans into an interactive 3D experience... what we have now is a computerised model that allows us to experience the Elliott house beyond just words on paper”.
    Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
  • “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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