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April 22, 2015

Earthquake warning systems are an expensive proposition — but not when crowdsourced via smartphones. Scientists recently tested consumer devices, and were surprised at what they found.

April 22, 2015

Seismologists have always relied on surface observation to piece together models of what they thought Earth’s interior looked like. These models served them well for years, but they were unable to map out the planet’s interior with certainty, until now. A team of scientists is using the powerful US Titan supercomputer to do just that.


March 25, 2015


Big data opens doors previously closed to researchers, yet the volume of data sends scientists looking for analytical tools to bring order from the informational cacophony. Prior to tools like Bioconductor, there were few options for working with quantitative data types; a discordant score for deciphering the human genetic code was the result.

Today, genomic analysis machines create a common language for users, and build a worldwide community to foster developers from among subject matter experts. These instruments make beautiful music from a mass of genomic information.

August 27, 2014

Video courtesy the Research Data Alliance.

The RDA Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is now just under one month away!

July 16, 2014

eResearch NZ 2014 was recently held at Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand. This was the fifth year of the conference, which once again brought together a wide range of researchers and high-performance computing experts from across the country, as well as from further afield. 

July 2, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany. The event featured a range of speakers representing a wide variety of research domains. Awards given by PRACE and Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing highlighted some of the outstanding research on show at the event. And, of course, the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was announced.

June 4, 2014

Nick Jones is the director of New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), which provides high-performance computing and support systems to New Zealand’s researcher community. iSGTW speaks to Jones about the work that NeSI does and the upcoming eResearch NZ 2014 conference.

April 9, 2014

With global data output growing rapidly, it is vital that researchers come together to build the social and technical bridges required to enable open sharing of research data. The organization charged with achieving this is the Research Data Alliance (RDA), which recently celebrated its first anniversary.

Last month, the RDA held a plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The 497 attendees at the event engaged in discussion on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the role of publishers and persistent identifiers to heritage data and legal interoperability. Data applications discussed also included geospatial information, marine observation, food production, and urban quality of life indicators.

March 26, 2014

iSGTW is attending the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Third Plenary Meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The RDA seeks to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research data sharing and exchange, use and reuse, standards harmonization, and discoverability.

February 26, 2014

iSGTW speaks to Mark Parsons, who was recently appointed secretary general of the Research Data Alliance. This global organization celebrates its first anniversary next month and will be holding its third plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland, from 26-28 March, 2014.

Parsons tells iSGTW why it is important for researchers to share their data and explains how the RDA is seeking to harness enthusiasm within the community to bring about a 'culture change' in the way researchers deal with data. He also argues that the greatest barriers to increased data sharing are often social, rather than technical.

January 29, 2014

The research is being led by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Click for full size image. Image courtesy CSIRO. © Copyright CSIRO Australia, January 2014.

December 18, 2013

Once fully operational, the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope could produce data at a rate more than 100 times greater than current global internet traffic. Successful handling of this unparalleled data deluge will be key to the project's ability to find answers to some of the most complex puzzles in astronomy.

December 4, 2013

For roughly two decades, scientists have struggled to understand the ratio of lithium isotopes found within the bellies of the oldest stars in the universe. Now, with the aid of high-performance computing, an international group of researchers has put this cosmic problem to rest.



July 17, 2013

'Old MacDonald had a farm, I/O, I/O, I/O...'

Could this really be the children's nursery rhyme of the future? If the growth of big data in Australian farming is anything to go by, it could be!

CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, is sowing the seeds of innovation by helping farmers in the country to take advantage of cutting-edge smart-farming technologies enabled by next-generation broadband networks.

May 8, 2013

Warp drives aren’t just the stuff of science fiction. Researchers inspired by Star Trek are currently working to make the dream of interstellar travel for human civilization a reality – one day. While the kinks are being worked out, distributed computing may help address the multi-dimensional issues of warp travel.

April 17, 2013

City lights, sand dunes, and glaciers –oh my! Take a look at NASA’s eye-catching images of Earth from orbit, including true-color satellite images, Earth science visualizations, and time lapses from the International Space Station.

April 10, 2013

Blue Waters, entering full deployment, is now crunching numbers around the clock at the National Petascale Computing Facility at the University of Illinois, US. Led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Blue Waters is funded by the US National Science Foundation to address the most challenging compute-, memory-, and data-intensive problems in science and engineering.

March 13, 2013

How do scientists use supercomputers to predict complex things like weather, climate, earthquakes, and the formation of galaxies? Watch this video to see how supercomputers handle mathematical modeling.

November 14, 2012

Are traditional journal subscriptions just too much? Image courtesy PhD comics.

August 1, 2012

The largest scientific projects in the world, including the Large Hadron Collider or the Square Kilometre Array, still require simple models to help researchers understand the results.

June 13, 2012

E-health has been discussed globally since the 1990s, and has been claimed by some as the most important revolution in healthcare since the advent of modern medicine. But approaches to implementation have differed greatly. Delegates, from Denmark and India, presented their current e-health solutions at Asia Pacific's largest business conference, CeBIT,  in Sydney, Australia, last month.

February 1, 2012


  Drew Berry, a molecular animator presents his latest research on using CGI animation to help study the infection process of malaria at the TEDx Sydney 2011 conference. Image courtesy TEDx Sydney 2011.