QRIScloud services

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Today, QRIScloud offers a range of cloud computing services and more will be progressively added in 2014 to meet rapidly increasing demand.

Data storage services

QRIScloud makes available the RDSI Research Data Services (ReDS) data collections to researchers. The aim of ReDS is to fund infrastructure to store research data collections of national merit and collections of interest for future research. Collections that do not qualify for ReDS storage will be considered for an allocation of locally approved data storage for their research data collection.

Apply for QRIScloud storage

To apply for QRIScloud storage for your research data collection, researchers should complete this application form and return it to QCIF by email, post or in person. Address details are on the form. Research is first considered for ReDS storage. Even if it does not meet those requirements, it will be automatically considered for QRIScloud.

If you need help, QCIF’s team of eResearch Analysts can help you complete your application. A project is scheduled to commence shortly to make it easier for researchers to apply for storage online. Researchers are also welcome to apply to other RDSI nodes for storage.

Cloud compute services

The NeCTAR research cloud is a computing resource for all Australian researchers. It offers virtual machines for researchers to develop and deploy applications and collaborate in a uniform environment with controlled data sharing. QRIScloud is the Queensland node of the NeCTAR research cloud.

Apply for QRIScloud compute services

To apply for research cloud access researchers can log in to the NeCTAR Dashboard using an AAF login and submit an allocation request. Allocation requests can take up to 3 weeks to review. If you require a customised set up or are unable to get access to the research cloud through the dashboard, contact your local QCIF eResearch Analyst who will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Tools and applications

Researchers can access a range of tools and applications via QRIScloud to suit many of the more common research requirements. Researchers can use the latest version of the software without needing a team to manage technical details such as security upgrades.

Professional services

QRIScloud has a team of highly skilled and responsive eResearch Analysts (eRAs) who can provide advice on which QRIScloud services will best suit your needs. Local eRAs are available at all Queensland universities.

 

 

 

Services

QCIF offers a range of eResearch services to help researchers tackle real-world challenges:

QRISCloud

An open, robust and scalable platform for researchers to deploy, share and manage research applications

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High Performance Computing

QCIF operates high performance computers across the major Queensland universities available to researchers upon obtaining an account.

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Research Tools

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About Us

QCIF (the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation) provides the high-performance services, infrastructure and support required to achieve excellence in computation and data-driven collaborative research and its application in industry. QCIF operates with its members and partners delivering services to research throughout Queensland and increasingly via Commonwealth programs to the nation.

Our mission is to accelerate and strengthen innovation throughout Queensland research and business through broad-based and effective application of high performance computing, large-scale data management and regional, national and international collaboration.

QCIF is a not-for-profit public company limited-by-guarantee. It was established in 2000 under the name QPSF (Queensland Parallel Supercomputing Foundation) and changed its name to QCIF in 2006. Its members are six Queensland universities – The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, James Cook University, CQUniversity, and the University of Southern Queensland. The University of the Sunshine Coast is an associate member.

QCIF is funded through its members, triennial grants from the Queensland Government Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and project-based funding from the Commonwealth Government. QCIF is an active participant in the high performance research infrastructure initiatives funded by the Commonwealth Government. It was a founding member of the ARCS project, is a member of the AAF and NCI projects and works closely with the RDSI and NeCTAR projects (see elsewhere on this website for further details)

Together with its members, QCIF co-funds a statewide network of high-performance infrastructure, and a team of member employees providing support and development services, for the benefit of researchers and businesses throughout Queensland. It provides and promotes eResearch services by:

  • Stimulating the application of the high-performance infrastructure
  • Offering cloud and video-collaboration services to encourage collaboration between researchers and research communities
  • Co-developing software tools with users to facilitate computation, modelling, analysis and data management
  • Providing support, training, and expertise in the use of the infrastructure and services
  • Facilitating funding from the Commonwealth eResearch organisations for research infrastructure development projects located in Queensland
  • Engaging industry with research communities to foster industry-oriented research and development projects (for both small-to-medium enterprises and large strategic industry opportunities) through an Industry Innovation program

QCIF is strategically positioned in a fast-moving, rapidly evolving field that will have major impacts on the excellence of future research and on the strength of the economy of Queensland.

Management Team

QCIF is managed by an experienced team:

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Rob Cook

Chief Executive Officer
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Bob Bull
Infrastructure Coordinator
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Graham Chen
Manager: eResearch Services
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Franz Eilert
Manager: Industry Innovation
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Kathy Green
Executive Officer
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Nicole Crowe
Communications Officer
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Melinda Robertson
Executive Officer
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 Board of Directors

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Mr David Gray
Chairman

Appointed as QCIF’s Chairman in 2008, David is also Chairman of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, and Chairman of the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation. He is a Director of the Brisbane Airport Corporation, and a member of the SMART advisory council. A former Managing Director of Boeing Australia, David has held senior executive positions with GEC Heavy Engineering, Exicom and GEC Marconi. David currently holds a number of board and advisory board positions, both in industry and academia, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for his services to Australian aviation.

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Independent Director

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Professor Alastair McEwan
Board member: The University of Queensland

Professor McEwan is the Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) at The University of Queensland. Following periods as a research fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (SERC NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship) and the University of Oxford (Royal Society 1983 University Research Fellowship) he was appointed to a lectureship at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He joined the University of Queensland in 1993 and was appoined Professor of Microbiology in 2003. Professor McEwan's research interests include bacterial physiology and bioenergetics, redox biology, biochemistry of metalloproteins, chemical biology of transition metals, bacterial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions.

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Ms Judy Stokker
Board member: The Queensland University of Technology

Judy Stokker is QUT's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support). Ms Stokker has 30 years experience in a range of positions in academic libraries as well as experience in information technology and information management services. Nationally, Ms Stokker is deputy president of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL). She is also the inaugural chair of the Australian Open Access Support Group, an open access advocacy group formed in 2012 by Australian institutions with open access policies.

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Ms Linda O'Brien
Board member: Griffith University

Linda O'Brien is Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services) at Griffith University. Prior to this 2008 appointment, she was Vice Principal (Information) at the University of Melbourne. Linda has substantial experience in leading the development of university information strategy and in the delivery of information services to support research, teaching and learning and administrative practice. Ms O’Brien’s external duties have included directorship of a number of boards, including the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing and CAVAL.

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Professor Jeff Loughran
Board member: James Cook University

Professor Jeff Loughran is Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at JCU. He sits on the Board of the Australian Tropical Herbarium, Tropical Landscape Joint Ventures and Rockfield Technologies Australia Pty Ltd. Previous posts have included Uninet Ltd. Professor Loughran is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Over the course of his career Professor Loughran has published over 140 articles, refereed journal, conference and consulting reports to industry.

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Professor Grant Stanley
Board member: CQUniversity

Professor Stanley is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at CQU. This position is responsible for shaping and implementing the University's vision of excellence in research and innovation. Professor Stanley plays a major role in CQUniversity's future strategic research direction and performance.  The Pro Vice-Chancellor's focus is on strategic planning, capacity-building, quality assurance and evaluation ensuring the University's national and international research profile continues to grow while fostering a research culture that encourages innovation, quality performance and engagement.

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Professor Mark Harvey
Board member: The University of Southern Queensland

Professor Harvey is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). He has 20 years' experience in research and the management of research and commercialisation of innovations arising from universities. Prior to joining USQ, Professor Harvey spent seven years in venture capital. Most recently he was a Partner with CM Capital Investments, one of Australia’s leading venture capital companies, and prior to this as the Chief Executive Officer of an early stage investment and development company.

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