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National research capabilities on display at Parliament House

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NCRIS Showcase at Parliament House Canberra

AARNet was among the exhibitors at the NCRIS Showcase, held at Australia’s Parliament house on 30th September. This event highlighted a range of research capabilities funded under the Federal government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

One of the NCRIS capabilities, the National Research Network Project (for which UniSA is the lead agent), is enhancing and extending Australia’s research network infrastructure through 12 separate projects.

AARNet’s projects include upgrades to metropolitan, regional, and inter-state infrastructure, and the deployment of new discipline-specific services.

AARNet also provided a high performance connection directly into the Great Hall at Parliament House on the day to allow live demonstrations of the research capabilities on display.

The National Imaging Facility , for example, demonstrated a Characterisation Virtual Laboratory, which featured a morphometric average micro-MR image, built from 18 individual mouse brains. This data is one of the best available brain image models with an isotropic resolution of 15um and was built as part of the Australian Mouse Brain Mapping Consortium project.

The data is stored on a Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) allocation and the web-viewing interface called TissueStack was developed as part of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) applications funding round. The TissueStack server runs on a NeCTAR research cloud. The virtual laboratory provides researchers with easy access to software tools and the mouse brain datasets for analysis of their own data.

Through a combination of wired and wireless connections, exhibitors generated a sustained 50Mbps of traffic over the network through the day.


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