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The SupercomputingAsia conference is leaving Singapore for the first time in its history and coming to Australia next February. 

QCIF has signed on as a bronze sponsor of the event, being held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney across 19–22 February 2024. 

“QCIF is delighted to sponsor and participate in SupercomputingAsia 2024,” said QCIF CEO Sach Jayasinghe. 

“As a provider of advanced computing to the research community, we look to engage with the computing community to get insights into what’s next in the evolution of technologies.” 

QCIF Manager of Advanced Computing Stephen Bird said QCIF has been actively involved in providing access to Tier 1 and Tier 2 high-performance computing capabilities for Queensland’s researchers since the organisation’s inception.   

“With SCA 2024 being hosted in Australia, it is a great opportunity to showcase what QCIF has helped to enable over the last 23 years, whilst exploring future opportunities and capabilities across the supercomputing community, both nationally and regionally,” said Stephen. 

The international conference will bring together experts to discuss insights and developments in high-performance computing (HPC).  

The conference theme is exascale readiness in AI, HPC, and Quantum. 

SCA 2024 will host students, researchers, HPC professionals from academia, international delegates, public sector representatives, and industry experts from around the world. 

Co-organised by leading supercomputing centres of the Asia-Pacific region, including those in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Aotearoa New Zealand, and anchored by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) in Australia, SCA 2024 aims to promote a vibrant and shared high-performance computing and Artificial Intelligence ecosystem, for both the public and private sectors, in the region. 

Some of the top supercomputers in the world are located in Asia. In the Top 500 list, published in June this year, three of the top 10 supercomputers are in Asia: two in China, ranked at seven and 10; and the second top supercomputer is in Japan, behind the United States at number one. 

SCA 2024’s call for abstracts is now open. The submission deadline is 10 November 2023. 

The AeRO (Australasian eResearch Organisations) Forum will be co-located with SCA 2024 in Sydney.  

The forum’s main discussion point will be the draft, high-level Research Data Reference Architecture (RDRA) developed in Australia.  

The RDRA allows implementers to make local and commercial decisions while still meeting the core requirements of a research data management platform.  

Attendees are invited to test the RDRA draft by measuring real-world research data implementations against it.  

The intended audience is teams charged with implementing infrastructure in research organisations and vendors offering solutions.