Hacky Hour

Queensland currently has Hacky Hours at four universities.

Hacky Hour occurs (mostly) weekly and its aim is to help researchers (staff and students) with research-related IT problems.

Hacky Hour is free, informal and all researchers are welcome to drop in for advice, or offer their IT expertise to help others.

Researchers attend Hacky Hour to ask or answer research-related IT questions. Popular topics for discussion include high performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, general programming, R, Python, data processing, data storage, and data management.

Check the relevant Hacky Hour's Twitter feed for updates as occasionally a Hacky Hour is cancelled for a particular week when the regular IT experts are unavailable. Also check Twitter in case any details about the university's Hacky Hour change in the future, e.g. its day, time or venue. Hacky Hour organisers may revise these details if an alternative proves more convenient for researchers.

James Cook University 

Day: Mondays
Time: 2pm–4pm
Location: ground floor foyer, The Science Place, Townsville campus
Twitter: @JCUHackyHour
Website: jcu.hackyhour.org
Contact:
Dr Collin Storlie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Queensland University of Technology

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: The Pantry cafe, Gardens Point campus
Twitter@GPHackyHour
Website: QUT’s Hacky Hour currently does not have a website
Contact: David Warne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jason D'Netto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 
The University of Queensland

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3pm–4pm
Location: Café Nano, St Lucia campus
Twitter: @HackyHourStLuc
Website: hackyhourstluc.wordpress.com
Contact: Dr Nick Hamilton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Griffith University

Day: Thursdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: G’s Wine Bar, Nathan or G’s Café, Gold Coast. Griffith's Hacky Hour alternates weekly between the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.
Twitter: @hackyhourGU
Website: griffith.edu.au/hackyhour
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Want to set up a Hacky Hour at your institution? Amanda Miotto, QCIF's eResearch Analyst at Griffith University, has created a Hacky Hour Handbook. Amanda co-founded Griffith's Hacky Hour in August 2015.

Contact

 

Postal address: Delivery address:
QCIF
Axon Building, (Bldg 47)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld, 4072
Level 5, Axon Building, (Bldg 47)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld, 4072
Office phone: +61 7 3365 7534 
 
QCIF eResearch Analyst contacts for your local university: 
 

The University of Queensland

Dr David Green
ph: +61 7 3346 6635
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
David is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and Deputy Director of The University of Queensland’s Research Computing Centre. He has long been using computers to "figure stuff out" and enjoys working with researchers to help them do the same. He was an academic in the Applied Physics and Computer Systems departments at the University of Technology, Sydney for almost 15 years. He has worked in research computing support roles at UQ since 2007.
 
Dr Minh Dinh
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Minh is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and researcher at UQ's Research Computing Centre. He has a lot of experience with scientific workfklows using tools such as Nimrod and Kepler.
 
Dr Marlies Hankel
ph: +61 7 3346 3996
mob: +61 4 0426 2445
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Marlies is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and researcher. She has over ten years' experience in high performance computing and cluster management. Her research interests include Quantum Dynamics and Computational Nanotechnology. Her main roles include looking after UQ's HPC cluster users and QCIF's partner share at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). If you are interested in obtaining computational time at the national compute facilities, please contact Marlies.
 
Dr Nick Hamilton
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Nick is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and researcher at UQ's institute for Molecular Bioscience. He works with biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and others to develop methodologies and tools in mathematical modelling, machine learning, automated classification, graph algorithms, data visualisation and clustering, image segmentation, quantification, feature extraction, and inference from bio-imaging.
 

Queensland University of Technology

Jason D'Netto
ph: +61 7 3138 4478
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Jason is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at QUT and will support the University's Science and Engineering Faculty and the Institute for Future Environments. He holds a Bachelor of  IT and Bachlelor of Engineering (Electrical) from QUT.  He has a software engineering background. In 2013-2014 he was a Research Support Specialist in QUT's high performance computing group, which involved helping researchers to best use available HPC resources.
 
David Warne
mob: +61 432 800 337 
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David is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at QUT. He has a background in mathematics and computer science, high performance computing (HPC), and is progressing towards his PhD in Mathematics. David's expertise includes scientific workflow systems, parallel computing, code optimisation, Monte Carlo simulation methods, Bayesian statistics and mathematical modelling.
 

Griffith University

Amanda Miotto
ph: +61 7 3735 4697
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Amanda is the QCIF eResearch Analyst at Griffith University. She has worked at Griffith as an eResearch Support Specialist for the past nine years, initially as a bioinformatician, then as a software developer and technical resource on various projects, and more recently as an analyst for groups such as Compounds Australia and Innovations in Health Technology. Griffith researchers are welcome to ask Amanda for help in areas such as Python and R coding, high performance computing, scientific workflows, solution design or general data science questions.

CQUniversity

Jason Bell
ph: +61 7 4930 9229
mob: +61 4 0963 0897
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Jason is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at CQU. He provides high performance computing support and technical advice to CQU researchers. Jason's research interests include video collaboration/conferencing tools, nonlinear optimisation, evolutionary algorithms, high performance computing, distributed and parallel computing, and robotics.
 

James Cook University

Dr Collin Storlie
ph: +61 7 4781 4556
mob: +61 4 3754 8692
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Collin is the QCIF eResearch Analyst at JCU. He has a PhD in Terrestrial Ecology, a Graduate Diploma in Conservation Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Collin’s research is primarily concerned with spatial modelling of terrestrial vertebrate species distribution and abundance patterns. In order to achieve this goal, he has acquired extensive experience in utilising HPC clusters to create highly resolved and accurate spatial weather and climate models.
 

University of Southern Queensland

Dr Francis Gacenga
ph: +61 7 4687 5640
mob: +61 4 7707 2707
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Francis is a QCIF eResearch Analyst. He has 15 years' experience in IT service management as a researcher and practitioner. His main role is to increase the uptake of QCIF IT services and infrastructure use. Francis has experience working in government agencies in IT service strategy, design, transition, operation and continual service improvement. He is dedicated to delivering eResearch services by helping researchers use HPC, collaboration tools and services, research project management, and research data management to enable data-driven collaborative research and foster an interdisciplinary research culture. Please contact Francis for HPC compute, parallel computing, virtualization, video collaboration, research project management, data management and storage services.
 
 
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QCIF National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Share Allocation Policy

QCIF has invested in a partner share at the National Computation Infrastructure (NCI). This entitles QCIF members to access the NCI National Facility (NCI NF) and use about 3.4 million service units annually (SU, a service unit, is approximately one CPU hour).

Queensland researchers can use the NCI NF either by applying directly to NCI for a MAS (merit allocation scheme) allocation of time on the HPC facility or by applying for an allocation from QCIF’s partner share.

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QERN

QERN (the QCIF Early Research Node) is a 400TB/300 CPU core system being built by QCIF to prototype two key federal government initiatives, NeCTAR and ReDS (RDSI).  NeCTAR provides servers to researchers; RDSI provides researchers with data storage and management mechanisms. QERN is being built by QCIF to enable the Queensland research community and QCIF member universities to gain experience in using and managing Research Cloud services (NeCTAR), and RDSI services, before the official release of these services. 

Key project deliverables;

  • Train QCloud Team for running the infrastructure required for the research cloud
  • Establish an RDSI-like and NeCTAR-like Cloud for early adopters to explore
  • Help Queensland researchers migrate to cloud environments

The service is expected to be available to early adopters by the end of May 2012.

If you are a Queensland researcher interested in getting your project on QERN, please contact Graham Chen.

  • More information about NeCTAR
  • More information about RDSI