Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI)

Supercomputing access and life sciences computation expertise for researchers

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Dr. Vera Hansper


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Post author: VLSCI. Last update: 01/09/2015 at 3:07 pm by VLSCI.

Overview

VLSCI is the biggest computation facility devoted to life sciences in the world, where researchers can access high-end compute resources and a range of experts to assist them – from research design through to data management. Scaling-up life sciences research to operate on high performance computers cannot be realised without sound technical and scientific advice and collaboration. Expertise, skills development, training and documentation are all provided by the VLSCI expert staff.

This world class petascale facility has four systems built on two architectures (BlueGene/Q and x86) – each system offering varying memory and data-handling capacities to suit a range of tasks, from the large memory computational resources required for genomics to high capacity processing of computational imaging data.

Details

Benefits

The VLSCI is a significant investment in high performance computing, providing computer processing infrastructure and computational expertise for life science researchers.

VLSCI’s Peak Computing Facility offers technical expertise and documentation to maximise user experience and ensure efficient access to appropriate computing resources.

VLSCI’s Life Sciences Computation Centre (LSCC) exists to meet the skills gaps in research teams, build the necessary cross-disciplinary research collaborations and assist with scaling-up projects to make the most of the processing power being delivered. The VLSCI conducts a wide range of training activities to advance bioinformatics expertise and support biological sciences researchers across Australia by administering and developing important resources such as the EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource and the Genomics Virtual Laboratory.

Access

There are a range of ways VLSCI can assist researchers:

  • We can foster high-level national and international collaborations for large-scale projects.
  • You can access our machines through your university’s or research institute’s allocation.
  • Train or consult with the LSCC to build capacity in your team.
  • Get technical assistance from the PCF.
  • Sign up to receive regular news about training, development and other outreach opportunities.

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Program participation: Technology Voucher Supplier
Access by collaboration
Access by users external to managing organisation, Access by users internal to managing organisation

People

Assoc. Professor Andrew Lonie

Assoc. Professor Andrew Lonie

Head LSCC at Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, .

http://www.vlsci.org.au/researcher/alonie

P: +61 3 8344 1395 | Email | Research Gate |

Dr. Christina Hall

Dr. Christina Hall

Communications / PR / Marketing at Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, .

P: (03) 8344-3528 | Email |

Dr. Vera Hansper

Dr. Vera Hansper

PCF Manager at Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, .

P: +61 3 9035 8165 | Email |

Dr. Michael Kuiper

Dr. Michael Kuiper

Computational Molecular Scientist at Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, .

Dr Michael Kuiper is a computational research scientist specialising in molecular simulations and visualisation. He contributes to many varied collaborative projects at the VLSCI, where his role is to enable researchers in biological science to utilise high-performance computing. Previously Mike has worked at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing and Queens University, Canada, where he studied antifreeze proteins and spent time fishing in Antarctica with the United States Antarctic Program.

P: + 61 3 9035 9812 | Email |

Ms. Helen Gardiner

Ms. Helen Gardiner

Communications / PR / Marketing at Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, .

P: 8344 2055 | Email |

Assoc. Professor Brian Smith

Assoc. Professor Brian Smith

Facility Node Manager at Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, .

Email |

Instruments

IBM Blue Gene/Q – Avoca

Computer used for Large-scale parallel processing.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: |

IBM iDataplex x86 system – Barcoo

Computer used for Ideal for memory-intensive high throughput genomics applications.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: |

IBM Intel iDataplex x86 system – Merri

Computer used for High-end computation.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: |

SGI Altix XE Cluster – Bruce

Computer used for High-end computation.

Instrument specialist and preferred contact: |

Services

Life Sciences Computation Centre (LSCC)

Used for Bioinformatics, data analysis and all things computational biology.

Service specialist and preferred contact: |

Peak Computing Facility (PCF)

Used for High performance computing for life sciences research.

Service specialist and preferred contact: |

Location

This facility has multiple nodes

Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) at Central Precinct (Parkville)

Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative. , University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia.
Node manager: Assoc. Professor Andrew Lonie. P: +61 3 8344 1395. E: alonie@unimelb.edu.au.
The High Throughput Genomics theme is lead by A/Prof Andrew Lonie, based at the University of Melbourne.

Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) at South Eastern Precinct (Clayton)

Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative. , Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria, .
Node manager: Professor Gary Egan. P: 0. E: gary.egan@monash.edu.
VLSCI’s Computational Imaging theme is lead by Prof Gary Egan at Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash University. The Head of VLSCI’s Genomics activities in the South Eastern Precinct is Dr Torsten Seemann at the Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium, Monash University.

Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) at Northern Precinct (Bundoora)

Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative. , La Trobe University, Bundoora, ACT, .
Node manager: Assoc. Professor Brian Smith. P: 0. E: Brian.Smith@latrobe.edu.au.
VLSCI’s Molecular Modelling and Dynamics theme is lead by A/Prof Brian Smith, based at LIMS, La Trobe University.

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Type: Core facility in a research organisation
Discipline areas: Biological Science, Chemical Science, Engineering Science, Materials Science, Mathematics, Nano Science, Physical Science
Precinct: Central, Northern, South east, South west
Affiliations: Bio21 Institute, Biomedical Research Victoria, Deakin University, La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences, La Trobe University, RMIT University, St Vincents Institute of Medical Research, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Biological Science categories: Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computational, Computational Biology, High performance computing, Molecular modeling, Structural biology