Transitioning from desktop to cluster - an introduction to High Performance Computing and NeSI (Video) Event as iCalendar


09 August 2016

4 - 5pm

Location: 70 Symonds St, Auckland Central

An ABI seminar by Dr. Brian Corrie, NeSI Solutions Manager and Dr. Chris Scott, NeSI Scientific Programmer, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure


The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is a collaboration of New Zealand research organisations supported by MBIE. NeSI provides New Zealand researchers with access to modern world-class high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure. As the University of Auckland is a collaborator in and the host of NeSI there are many ways for ABI-based researchers to access NeSI which are free. At this session we will discuss how high performance computers can be useful in your research, where NeSI fits in, how to access NeSI infrastructure and how NeSI’s team can best support you in your research efforts.

If any of the statements below resonate with you then this is the session for you:

  • I’ve never even heard of NeSI
  • What is HPC?
  • I’m not ready yet, how can I develop my skills so that I could use NeSI?
  • I don’t know where to begin on NeSI

About the Speakers

Portrait of Brian Corrie.

Brian Corrie – NeSI Solutions Manager

Brian's background is in Scientific Visualisation, having done his Master of Science degree in Parallel Rendering and his PhD in Data-centric Scientific Collaboration. Brian has been working in High Performance Computing and Visualisation since 1991, as a researcher at the Australian National University in Canberra, as the Visualisation Coordinator for Compute Canada, and as the Technical Director/Lead at a range of research institutes, including the Integrated Manufacturing Technology Institute at the National Research Council of Canada in London, Ontario, the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Chris Scott – NeSI Scientific Programmer

Chris completed his PhD in Computational Physics at Loughborough in 2012 and subsequently worked as a Research Associate for four years. He used atomistic materials modelling techniques to investigate effects such as radiation damage in nuclear materials and the growth or erosion of surfaces, with particular interest in developing software and advanced techniques for performing atomistic simulations over longer time scales and for analysing and visualising the results of the simulations.