AARNet commends the work that the expert working group has done to produce the draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
We have made a submission in response to the draft, with a number of comments and recommendations. In particular, AARNet strongly supports the bringing together of the Digital Data and eResearch platforms. These are inextricably coupled, and it is vital at this stage of the development of Research Infrastructure that there be coherence among all its eResearch elements.
AARNet is very strongly of the view that AARNet, the AAF (Australian Access Federation), and NCI/Pawsey supercomputing facilities must be explicitly and formally engaged in the definition, subsequent deployment and operation of the Australian Research Data Cloud (in addition to ANDS, RDS and NeCTAR). The Australian Research Data Cloud needs to be more clearly defined. Its success will need to leverage all the existing national e-Infrastructure service providers, associated compute, storage, network, identity and software platforms, and expertise within the sector.
It should also be noted that national extension and international expansion of AARNet will reduce the operational costs and increase the data-driven research impact of connected facilities, instruments, campuses and regions.
We note that Cybersecurity has been removed from the Roadmap and we recommend that it is reinstated. The need for research is highlighted in Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy and should not be ignored in the context of the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
Dec 21, 2016
An international research group is harnessing the power of big data, supercomputing and global research network infrastructure to transform the way we model the Earth’s processes. The Basin GENESIS Hub project, led by the EarthByte Group at the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney, is carrying out research...
Dec 13, 2016
In this video, AARNet's eResearch Director Guido Aben talks about a ground-breaking collaboration with CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) that's been testing new technologies for high speed data synchronisation and sharing services. "We started doing global scale replication demos where they did the replication from CERN to Taiwan, we did...
Nov 17, 2016
While there is some uncertainty around how the eResearch environment will look going forward, there is no uncertainty about how critical national ICT infrastructure supporting research is. This infrastructure consists of entities such as Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet), Australian Access Federation (AAF), Australian National Data Service (ANDS), National eResearch Collaboration Tools...