Best practice for e-research


The Monash e-Research Centre (MeRC), which fosters collaborative research and improved efficiencies among Monash researchers, has presented a number of key seminars and workshops at the 2011 eResearch Australasia Conference.

The conference is the premier event for discussing an emerging framework of best practice for the application of information communication technologies (ICT) among Australian research endeavours.

MeRC staff presented numerous topics throughout the conference covering advances in high performance computing, new data visualisation capabilities which offer unique scientific insights such as the MASSIVE and 3D Alive facilities, seamless systems of data management, and the re-use of well catalogued research data.

Of particular note was a presentation by Steve Androulakis on TARDIS, a revolutionary online data management program where researchers generating data from scientific instruments can automatically capture, share and securely store the information at their home institution.

 “Importantly, the researcher's time is spent interpreting the data, rather than on repetitive data management tasks,” Mr Androulakis said.

In another seminar Dr Matthias Reumann of IBM discussed the challenges of producing fast, detailed models of the human heart using high-performance computing. MeRC Science Director, Professor David Abramson also collaborated on the project.

“Dr Reumann's code models some aspects of cardiac function quite well, but it demands very fast computers to achieve accurate results. Parallel machines such as the IBM Blue Gene are essential for this work,” Professor Abramson said.

"Our goal is to develop models that are accurate enough to assist clinical medicine.”

The conference highlighted the contribution of MeRC staff to the growing body of e-research knowledge, through their pioneering use of advanced computation and data management techniques in research.

For more information visit the Monash e-Research Centre website.