Centre for eResearch


Centre history

The Centre had its beginnings with an institutional recognition of the emerging importance of eResearch to the research community, along with significant underpinning investments in the KAREN advanced research network and the BeSTGRID distributed computing community, as well as the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) in recent year. Our actitivites have broadened in 2015 by offering university-wide research Virtual Machines, advanced visualisation facility and data publishing services. Below are some highlights from our history.

2017

  • Further funding of strategic initiatives (Research Virtual Machines, Research Data Management, Research IT Advisory and Visualisation & Analytics services, NeCTAR cloud and Figshare publishing) are granted via USPO to bring the research support projects to maturity.  
  • The Centre has relocated to the new Science Building with a dedicated Visualisation space which is bookable for university-wide researchers and research groups to use.

2016

  • Figshare pilot project started to support research data publishing.
  • 100,000,000 core hours landmark passed by the High Performance Computing (Pan) Cluster.
  • Programmes of work began on Research Data Management and Research IT Advisory services.
  • The first annual ResBaz (Research Bazaar) event organised by the Centre to host at the University of Auckland.
  • The Centre continues to host the NeSI Auckland team to provide nationwide support for researchers to use HPC facility and services.
  • The Centre deployed additional Visualisation and Analytic services (3D display and VR capability).

2015 

  • A further four years of funding to the National eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) was obtained, with a transitional change towards national management of operations.
  • A large-format, collaborative Research Visualisation facility was brought into service at the Centre for eResearch to support university-wide researchers.
  • The Centre secured funding through the University Strategic Programme Office (USPO) to begin four new campus-wide research services (Research Virtual Machines, Research Data Management, Research IT Advisory and Visualisation & Analytics services). 
  • The HackyHour activities began weekly meetings in a local cafĂ© to support researchers.

2014

  • Research Virtual Machine Services began at the University of Auckland.
  • Investment of the fifth stage of HPC equipment was made by NeSI Auckland site towards the national platform. 

2013 

  • The third and the fourth stages of HPC equipment were installed and became operational in May and August respectively.
  • On behalf of the University, NeSI Auckland invested $4.8 million in new HPC equipment and delivered $16 million core hours to researchers after 15 months of operation.

2012 

  • The University of Otago joined forces with the University of Auckland as an associate investor in NeSI Auckland.
  • Both the first and the second stages of HPC equipment became operational and delivered $7 million core hours to researchers during the first year of operation.

2011 

  • The Centre signed a services agreement to host a High Performance Computing (HPC) Pan cluster as part of the NeSI investment.
  • Centre Co-Director Nick Jones was seconded as Director to lead the NZ eScience Infrastructure (NeSI). Marcus Gustafsson was appointed as the Centre Manager.
  • Landcare Research joined NeSI Auckland as an associate investor.
  • The first stage of HPC equipment was installed at the University of Auckland.
  • "Summer of eResearch 2011" called for proposals and hosted the summer internships with participation across NZ universities.

2010 

  • Mark Gahegan and Nick Jones led the proposal for a national investment in High Performance Computing and eScience Infrastructure which was hosted at the University of Auckland, in collaboration with Canterbury and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
  • The Centre hosted the inaugural NZ eResearch Symposium, a national symposium to advance awareness and engagement with eResearch.
  • The Centre hosted the "Summer of eResearch 2010" student summer scholarships programme with 15 students working on eResearch projects around New Zealand.

2009 

  • Council approved the establishment of the Centre for eResearch.
  • The Centre was established within the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland.
  • Nick Jones was appointed Co-Director eResearch.
  • The Centre successfully proposed an investment in a national identity federation which became the Tuakiri federation.

2008 

  • Professor Mark Gahegan was appointed Director eResearch.
  • The Centre successfully bid for a continuation of funding for the "BeSTGRID" distributed computing community.

2007 

  • The position of Director of eResearch was established under a 3 year Vice Chancellors Strategic Development initiative.
  • Professor Paul Bonnington was appointed Director eResearch.
  • The eResearch Advisory Board was established with the mandate to formulate a proposal to the Council for the establishment of the Centre for eResearch.