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Important news for AVOCA users

October 18, 2016

To VLSCI Chief Investigators and users with active accounts on AVOCA As you all know, AVOCA, our BG/Q, is coming to the end of its useful life. We have gone through a process of considering our options for the next few months and now I am writing to let you know our decision. Given the rising costs of maintaining such a sophisticated system beyond its regular maintenance schedule period, the only... Read full story

SVI discovery takes us a step closer to treating the world’s most common female infection

August 5, 2016

  Researchers at St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI) in Melbourne in collaboration with scientists at the Bio21 Institute and the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative of the University of Melbourne, the New York School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma in the USA, have shown how the bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis targets cells and causes infection in... Read full story

Another winner in the prestigious UROP awards

August 1, 2016

Once more a VLSCI-sponsored student, Mr Edmund Lau, has won the Best Computational Presentation at the 2016 UROP Conference held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Friday 22 July 2016. Awards were given in two categories: Biomedical and Computational. The award includes $700 towards professional development. Edmund was employed to work on this UROP project while he is enrolled... Read full story

CLIMB UK adopts Australian-made Microbial Genomics Virtual Laboratory and brings UK researchers one-step closer to a reliable turn-key bioinformatics analysis platform

July 8, 2016

An implementation of the Australian-made Microbial Genomics Virtual Laboratory (microGVL) at the UK’s CLIMB project will be officially launched at Warwick University over 14-15 July. The result of a significant team effort, it demonstrates how international collaboration on research infrastructure projects such as the GVL, funded by Bioplatforms Australia and Nectar and now managed through... Read full story

Biologists and computer scientists combine in two Victorian Government projects to deliver quality outcomes for our health industry

April 28, 2016

Biologists sifting through piles of next generation sequencing data have a new tool now which eliminates one major step, thanks to the creation of UNDR ROVER, published this month in BMC Bioinformatics*. This fast and accurate DNA mutation detector for targeted DNA sequencing was created at the Victorian Government funded Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) by Dr Daniel J. Park... Read full story

2015 Annual Report now available

April 22, 2016

It is my pleasure to present here the VLSCI's 2015 Annual Report. The Report demonstrates how our bioinformatics expertise and resources are delivering innovative products and services to the Australian research community and its industry collaborators and partners. Since 2010 the collaborative research between VLSCI’s computational specialists and Victorian researchers has built an... Read full story

March 2016 update - welcome to our new staff and our visitors

March 4, 2016

There has been plenty of activity with the arrival of Assoc Prof Vicky Schneider, our new Deputy Director of the EMBL-Australian Bioinformatics Resource, and new team structures at VLSCI / EMBL-ABR. You may have heard that some of our existing staff are now in new roles, such as Dr Bernie Pope (Lead, Cancer and Clinical Genomics), Assoc Prof Torsten Seemann (Lead, Microbial Genomics), Dr Danny... Read full story

Announcing CloudBridge - making it even easier to do bioinformatics in the cloud

February 17, 2016

Australian bioinformaticians based at the VLSCI continue to contribute significant developments for the life sciences computing community around the world, funded by agencies in Australia and the US. Just released this month is version one of CloudBridge, a Python library providing a simple layer of abstraction over different cloud providers, reducing or eliminating the need to write conditional... Read full story

Facility Manager, Dr Vera Hansper, departs VLSCI for Finland

February 9, 2016

Last week marked the departure of VLSCI’s Facility Manager, Dr Vera Hansper. Vera has overseen many developments at VLSCI during more than three years in the role, and leaves the Facility on a clear path to a new and improved way of servicing our users. In 2013, Vera supervised the acquisition of 'Barcoo', the 20 teraflop IBM iDataplex x86 system, and 2 years later, the 30... Read full story

Intensive training in Cancer Genomics and the Genome Analysis Tool Kit in Melbourne

February 8, 2016

Two of the latest installments of Bioplatforms Australia training workshops have been held in Melbourne and Sydney in February. The GATK Best Practice course brought the Broad Institute's Geraldine Van der Auwera to the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne. A new 3-day Cancer Genomics workshop was run in the Melbourne biomedical precinct, after its successful Canberra... Read full story

Linux Conference Aust 2016: Engaging hard-core programmers to apply their minds to the life sciences

January 27, 2016

The annual Australian Linux users conference (LCA 2016) is hard-core. Over 500 national and international professional and hobbyist software developers, technicians and innovative hardware specialists get together to hear from over 100 speakers and attend a range of tutorials over five days. This year it is in Geelong in the first week of February. So how do we get this terrific brains trust to... Read full story

Report on Australian visit of Dr Niklas Blomberg, Director, ELIXIR

January 13, 2016

ELIXIR is EMBL-EBI’s initiative for data infrastructure for life science information. Director, Dr Niklas Blomberg, toured Australia in late 2015 as a guest of VLSCI / EMBL Australia*, with funding support from Bioplatforms Australia. As he learned about the Australian life sciences data infrastructure landscape, Dr Blomberg was asked what data integration and distribution strategies he... Read full story

Visit to Australia by Dr Niklas Blomberg, Director, EU's ELIXIR

December 8, 2015

Last week Dr Niklas Blomberg*, Director, ELIXIR, toured Australia as a guest of the EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource and Bioplatforms Australia, hosted by VLSCI and key State institutions. Over four packed days he met with policy-makers, senior researchers, representatives of funding bodies and many in the life sciences computation community from six States, sharing details of ELIXIR, the... Read full story

News from the Director: Appointment of Dr Vicky Schneider to new position of Deputy Director, EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource

December 8, 2015

  I am excited to announce that computational biologist Dr Vicky Schneider will join the VLSCI, University of Melbourne, as Associate Professor and Deputy Director, EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource in early 2016. The appointment will deliver a significant advantage to the Australian bioinformatics community by building on both our national presence and international engagement. In her... Read full story

VLSCI supports the molecular modelling community

December 4, 2015

VLSCI regularly supports capacity-building activities in a range of areas within life science computation. CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP Once again in 2015, VLSCI is pleased to support the AMMA's Molecular Modelling conference currently taking place in Sydney ( By providing travel bursaries to student presenters, VLSCI hopes to reduce the burden of attendance at... Read full story

Australian-made Genomics Virtual Laboratory: A Practical Bioinformatics Workbench for the Cloud, in PLOS ONE, 26 October 2015

October 29, 2015

Recognition of the value of the Australian-made Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL) was boosted further this week with its publication on 26 October in PLOS One.  Genomics Virtual Laboratory: A Practical Bioinformatics Workbench for the Cloud outlines how a team of Australian researchers built the GVL to take the ‘IT’ out of bioinformatics. Adopted both locally and overseas, and... Read full story

Assoc Professor Andrew Lonie named as Director, Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI)

October 13, 2015

Renowned molecular biologist Associate Professor Andrew Lonie has been appointed Director of the Victorian Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI). University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor James McCluskey and Professor Mark Hargreaves, Acting Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, today announced the appointment. This appointment complements Assoc Prof... Read full story

Google Australia's Careers with Code launched today

October 8, 2015

posted on behalf of Refraction Media..... Today, Refraction Media and Google Australia are launching the 2015 edition of Careers with Code, with an unprecedented distribution of 175,000 magazines being distributed across the country – 50 copies for every Australian high school, and additional copies to university careers centres and science outreach programs. Careers with Code, a magazine,... Read full story

New computer choice for VLSCI shows data is king in life sciences research today

October 6, 2015

Melbourne researchers are welcoming the arrival this month of the latest computer system dedicated to life sciences research, based at the Victorian Government-funded Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) and hosted at the University of Melbourne. ‘Snowy’, a Lenovo x86 cluster, will be job-ready later this week. This follows the decommissioning of one of VLSCI’s... Read full story

New round of workshops announced

September 25, 2015

We are pleased to open a new round of workshops for registration, providing you and your collaborators with plenty of opportunities to learn from the staff at VLSCI. We have a series of different workshops that are designed to help those new to life sciences computation and bioinformatics, and also to extend the skills of current users with specialist topics including RNA-seq, variant calling... Read full story

Want another way to access Avoca or other high-end systems? NCMAS now open - closes 16 October.

September 21, 2015

Many VLSCI users access other systems across Australia for their work. For those who do, the The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) opened last week and potential users have until 16 October to submit their applications. Since 2013, 15% of VLSCI's IBM Blue Gene/Q has been included in the allocation to NCMAS and users do not have to be doing life sciences work to qualify.... Read full story

MSc(Bioinformatics) bursaries announced

September 7, 2015

Another five bursaries have been awarded to high-achieving students in the 2015 Masters of Science (Bioinformatics) at the University of Melbourne. Each receive $5000 to support their study, with one bursary each paid by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, WEHI, AGRF and Melbourne University's Department of Pathology and two paid by VLSCI. Congratulations to all of these talented... Read full story

Bandage, the new bioinformatics application designed by University of Melbourne student wins at national iAwards.

August 28, 2015

News update 28 August 2015: Ryan Wick has won the prestigious student prize in the post-graduate tertiary division at the awards ceremony held last night. Congratulations Ryan! Full report. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ News at 5 August 2015: Bandage, the new bioinformatics application designed to help researchers in genetics... Read full story

News from PeterMac: Landmark international research effort reveals how deadly ovarian cancer outsmarts chemotherapy

May 28, 2015

The largest complete DNA analysis of ovarian cancer in the world, published overnight in Nature, has revealed unprecedented new insight into the genetic twists and turns a deadly form of the disease takes to outsmart chemotherapy, potentially changing treatment approaches for women around the world. Led by Professor David Bowtell from Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and in... Read full story

Victoria takes the lead in addressing Australia’s growing need for bioinformatics expertise and talent

May 28, 2015

Victoria will host a state-of-the-art bioinformatics resource hub following a joint agreement between the University of Melbourne and EMBL Australia through funding from Bioplatforms Australia. The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. It is at the forefront of innovation in life sciences research, technology development and... Read full story

2014 Annual Report now available

May 19, 2015

It is my pleasure to publish here the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative’s Annual Report, 2014. I do so on behalf of the University of Melbourne, as host institution, and of the VLSCI Director from 2010 to March 2015, Professor Peter R. Taylor, who presided over the activities documented herein throughout 2014. This report marks the end of the first five years of operation of... Read full story

Relocation of VLSCI

April 20, 2015

We are excited to announce the time has finally come for VLSCI's relocation to LAB-14. The new venue is a welcome refresh in how we do business, where we can continue to welcome our current partners into our new spaces for research and training activities, while collaborating with Carlton Connect Initiative participants in designing new ideas and technologies to help secure Australia's... Read full story

LSCC update: understanding metastatic spread in lethal prostate cancer

April 9, 2015

Along with colorectal and breast cancer, prostate cancer is a major health burden across the globe. Melbourne researchers are playing their part in a world-wide effort to better understand this disease through the use of next generation sequencing technologies and analysis of clinical data in collections around the world. A subscription to our LSCC is providing the essential bioinformatics... Read full story

2015 Publications to date

March 20, 2015

While the Annual Report gives a lengthy listing of top publications where VLSCI is acknowledged, weekly Google alerts bring these publications to our attention much sooner. In 2015 there have already been some significant outcomes and we are particularly pleased to see publications where the work is delivering tools for the life sciences research community to share and to use to further their... Read full story

From the Director, Newsletter #1, 2015 - towards 2016

February 26, 2015

  Colleagues Welcome to 2015. With funding secure for a further two years and with a new Minister for Science in Canberra, I am confident that we have plenty of reasons to be positive about the future of life science computing in Australia and VLSCI’s place in it. My arrival at VLSCI coincided with the first systems being turned on in 2010. With all that has been achieved in the five... Read full story

Tsinghua Melbourne Science Camp Genomics Workshop, 3-6 February 2015

February 11, 2015

For a week in February, VLSCI was host to a group of undergraduate students from one of China's high-ranking universities, Tsinghua University in Beijing. The students were in Melbourne as guests of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Science, to experience some of the exciting new areas of science which are becoming of increasing importance to Chinese policy-makers - computational... Read full story

From the Director, Newsletter #3, 2014 - end of year news

December 12, 2014

With the upcoming move for VLSCI staff from 187 Grattan Street, Carlton to the new Lab 14 space within the Carlton Connect complex on the old Women's Hospital site at the corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets, we are holding off our end of year celebrations. Instead we are looking forward to welcoming our partners, stakeholders and user community to an open house at our new offices hopefully... Read full story

More uses found for the Genomics Virtual Laboratory

December 1, 2014

More researchers across Australia and beyond are discovering the value of the Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL). Read this article on the NeCTAR website for the latest news about this exciting project in which VLSCI's LSCC played a major role. A datahack for medical research problems was held over the weekend 24-26 October and LSCC staff Clare Sloggett and Nuwan Goonasekera helped by... Read full story

Applications now closed for 2015 access to systems - (closed midnight, Monday 10 November 2014)

October 22, 2014

With the news now announced of a further two years of funding for VLSCI, we are pleased to open the Resource Allocation Scheme (RAS) Round today for access to resources in 2015. The 2015/16 budget includes a 'refresh' to x86 capacity to keep up with current demand whilst retiring older systems. All researchers and current users who wish to access VLSCI facilities in 2015 must apply in... Read full story

From the Director, Newsletter #2, 2014 - new funding for VLSCI announced today

October 20, 2014

To all VLSCI users, stakeholders and supporters, I am pleased to report to you that today the Victorian Premier has announced a new grant of $6.65 million to VLSCI to ensure our supercomputers and our experts remain at the disposal of Victoria's important life sciences industry as we move into the next stage of our development. The reference to industry here is an important one, and we view... Read full story

Our LSCC's Gayle Philip part of team doing citizen oceanography

September 10, 2014

Crowdsourcing and Citizen Oceanography: Indigo V Expedition Pioneers Cost-Effective Ocean Health Monitoring by Sampling the Marine Microbiome Sydney, Australia, 10 September, 2014  Pioneering science by a collaboration of leading scientists from twelve universities across Australia, Singapore, Denmark, Canada and USA published in PLoS Biology today is demonstrating how the rise of citizen... Read full story

2014 Masters of Science (Bioinformatics) bursaries

August 21, 2014

Another five bursaries have been awarded to high-achieving students in the 2014 Masters of Science (Bioinformatics) at the University of Melbourne. Each receive $5000 to support their study, with one bursary paid by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and four paid by VLSCI’s Outreach Program. They are:          Student Adrian Hecker (Peter Mac... Read full story

Upcoming Workshops and presentations - August to October, 2014

July 31, 2014

There are lots of events coming up at VLSCI that provide training and information in life sciences computation. As promised, a new round of VLSCI workshops is now open for registration. The workshops are free of charge, as VLSCI aims to help the life sciences research community improve their computation and bioinformatics skills. WORKSHOPS - August to October The workshops on beginners Unix,... Read full story

World Virology expert visits VLSCI

July 18, 2014

On 10 July, Prof. Vincent Racaniello Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology, Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University visited VLSCI to learn more about the exciting enterovirus work being modelled on our supercomputers by Jason Roberts and the team at VIDRL. Prof. Racaniello is a world virology expert who has made it his mission to become the Earth’s virology... Read full story

Australia moves from 7th to 4th in Scientific American Worldview’s Biotechnology Innovation Scorecard

July 7, 2014

Scientific American Worldview recently published its latest Scorecard measuring biotechnology innovation around the world. 

This ranks countries’ biotech performance across seven categories - productivity, intellectual property protection, intensity, enterprise support, education/workforce, foundations, and policy and stability - with the results normalised on a scale of 0 to 10 and... Read full story

LSCC staff profile - Dr Juan Nunez-Iglesias, Research Scientist

June 24, 2014

Juan joined the LSCC in 2012 to share his unique skills in computational image processing with the life sciences community in Victoria. Since completing a BBiomedSci (UniMelb 2001), BSc (Hons) (UniMelb 2002), MS Statistics (Univ. Southern Calif., 2009) and PhD Comp. Biol. & Bioinformatics, (USC, 2009), Juan has been building his skills and expanding his research interests to include... Read full story

Professor John Hopper and team are deep in data

June 5, 2014

Just published in researchmedia's journal of International Innovation is a story featuring the University of Melbourne and the IBM Research Collaboratory for Life Sciences where a group of statisticians and computer programmers have been working out ways to bring decades of publicly-funded research data to life using their skills and VLSCI's supercomputers. The result is DEPTH, an... Read full story

More tools from the Genomics Virtual Laboratory

May 21, 2014

News just in from the Australian Bioinformatics Network The Genomics Virtual Lab has now released the new robust production on the new QRISCloud NeCTAR node. Tools include - RaXML (under Phylogenetics tools) - Trinity suite (under NGS: RNA Analysis) - NGS: VCF Tools and two new-to-Galaxy tools - MEME (under Motif Tools) - Copyrighter (under Metagenomics). Read more... Read full story

System update - BRUCE users only

May 16, 2014

To all BRUCE (SGIx86 machine) users This is an important announcement about the BRUCE system. Please take the time to read it as it will impact you for resource access in the second half of 2014. The SGI ALTIX (BRUCE) system has now given VLSCI users four solid, excellent years of service. Regrettably, extending warranties on the hardware is not viable so BRUCE will be decommissioned from 1... Read full story

VLSCI Annual Report 2013

May 14, 2014

It is with pleasure that we publish today the VLSCI Annual Report 2013 (link to download pdf) Once again it has taken a while to pull together but you will see that the depth and breadth of our enterprise is substantial. Also, this year we asked users for their top 5 publications and presentations so that this highly relevant material could be included in the body of the Report rather... Read full story

Kwong Lee Dow scholars get a taste of real life genomics

April 30, 2014

Over the weekend of 29/30 March, VLSCI's Life Sciences Computation Centre (LSCC) bioinformatician and recent MSc Bioinformatics graduate Harriet Dashnow led students enrolled in the University of Melbourne's Kwong Lee Dow Scholars' Case Competition in an exciting day of real-life problem solving on the subject of 'personalised medicine'. Harriet had prepared a detailed case... Read full story

Australian Bioinformatics Network (ABN) Grants Scheme 2014 - announcements

April 9, 2014

The Australian Bioinformatics Network aims to connect people to increase the benefits Australian Bioinformatics can deliver. It exists to catalyse new and productive connections for Australian bioinformatics in ways that complement what can be achieved through alone. Travel funding, support for national and international visitors, sponsorship of meetings... Read full story

Greetings from South Africa!

April 4, 2014

Andrew Lonie, Head, VLSCI's Life Sciences Computation Centre, was recently surprised and pleased to get an email from Mr Shaun Aron, H3A BioNet Bioinformatics Consultant and Lecturer at the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the Unversity of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shaun had sourced the Galaxy Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL) training materials which... Read full story

From the Director, Newsletter #1, 2014

January 17, 2014

To all VLSCI users, stakeholders and supporters,   Welcome to 2014. As we enter into the 5th year of operations at VLSCI and a particularly busy year of further planning and implementation to secure our future and grow our activities, I thought I would send an occasional newsletter to users and stakeholders to report on our progress - here is Newsletter #... Read full story

Video for new users of the Genomics Virtual Lab

January 10, 2014

The Genomics Virtual Laboratory makes scalable computer infrastructure, genomics analysis platforms and support available to all Australian researchers via the NeCTAR research cloud.  Recently, Mark Crowe from QFAB, put together an introductory video on 'How to open your own private Galaxy bioinformatics server using the Genomics Virtual Lab interface to the NeCTAR Australian research... Read full story

Victorian scientist leading international camouflage research

January 6, 2014

The VLSCI supercomputers aren't just used for medical research - in fact life sciences computation is resulting in break-throughs in some unexpected areas of cutting-edge research. Deakin University's A/Prof Tiffany Walsh has been explaning her research bio/nano-materials on national ABC radio and TV today. A/Prof Walsh is using modelling based on mother-of-pearl to work out how to... Read full story

Launching 'Degust', a new gene expression visualisation tool designed by Dr David Powell

December 3, 2013

VLSCI’s Life Sciences Computation Centre (LSCC) Senior Research Fellow in Bioinformatics Dr David Powell has created a neat web-based tool called Degust to allow researchers to visualise and explore their gene expression data.  From microbiologists looking at gene response to antibiotics to cancer researchers looking at how cancers respond differently to treatments, this tool allows... Read full story

News from SC13 - Queensland on the map

November 20, 2013

Queensland science is being noticed here at Supercomputing 2013 (SC13). Troy Smith [at right here talking to NCI Communications Manager Lucy Guest], a second year student of geosciences from the University of Queensland (UQ) is attending the highly competitive HPC for Undergraduates program and quickly being drawn in to the exciting world of high performance computing. At a booth near the... Read full story

News from SC13 - AVOCA retains rank of equal 7th in Graph 500 - the official benchmark for data intensive supercomputers

November 19, 2013

With the June 2012 installation of Avoca, VLSCI’s biggest supercomputer with four racks of IBM’s BlueGene/Q architecture, we were quick to point out that not only was the machine equal 29th on the Top500 list in High Performance Computing (HPC) circles, but that the BlueGene/Q was number one on the Green 500, making it the most energy-efficient system on the market at the time. It... Read full story

News from SC13 - Communicating Life Sciences Computation: Personalised Medicine, the hope and the hype

November 18, 2013

Over 25 representatives from high-end computing organisations in Australia have joined over 12,000 participants gathered at the world's largest supercomputing conference in Denver, Colorado, USA, Supercomputing 2013. VLSCI's Senior Systems Engineer, Chris Samuel, is in the SPXXL program presenting on the VLSCI experience with the installation and operation of the new scheduling system... Read full story

VLSCI Summer internships in Life Sciences Computation - Applications NOW CLOSED

October 11, 2013

The VLSCI is now offering up to five full-time (or equivalent pro-rata) Internships in Life Sciences Computation over Summer 2013/14 to mathematics, biology and/or computer science students at Honours, Masters or PhD level. Job Description The VLSCI is seeking applications from students across all Victorian universities for five summer internship positions in life sciences computation.... Read full story

Latest news from the LSCC's South-Eastern Genomics Node

October 7, 2013

The South Eastern (Clayton) Genomics Node of VLSCI's LSCC has been very active in the last month. Training At the request of Monash University researchers, VLSCI’s Specialist Programmer, Dr Bernard Pope, presented a Python Programming workshop at the Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium on 14 August for twelve participants. This was followed by two follow-on sessions run by... Read full story

Australia's Chief Scientist visits VLSCI

September 26, 2013

Professor Ian Chubb recently met with staff and researchers at VLSCI before visiting the the latest addition to the facility's computers, Barcoo. After attending a science research forum at the University of Melbourne, the Chief Scientist spent the afternoon with VLSCI's Director, Professor Peter Taylor. "Professor Chubb’s visit was a great opportunity to explain this unique... Read full story

Resource Allocation Scheme ROUND 8

September 24, 2013

VLSCI is pleased to announce that the Resource Allocation Scheme (RAS) Round 8 will open for applications on  Monday 30 September.  All researchers and current users who wish to access VLSCI facilities in 2014 must apply in this round. New users are encouraged to apply. Key dates: 30 September 2013: RAS Round 8 call for applications opens 11:59pm, 28 October 2013:... Read full story

Neuroinfo - a new mailing list for Neuroinformatics

August 26, 2013

VLSCI and MBI are joint hosts of the Victorian node of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF). As part of this relationship, our users now have access to a range of resources and experts in that network. INCF is launching a new mailing list for the neuroinformatics community called “Neuroinfo”. This is a moderated neuroscience discussion list intended to... Read full story

BARCOO is now fully operational

August 14, 2013

VLSCI's new x86 system, BARCOO, now ready for users. This new system has about twice the computational capacity as MERRI (VLSCI's other x86 machine). Visit our website for more details about the system: Meanwhile, owners of select projects, which have been identified as candidates to move across to BARCOO, will be contacted... Read full story

August software updgrades to MERRI are now complete. See here for important instructions to users.

August 12, 2013

VLSCI is pleased to announce that the MERRI upgrades have been successfully completed, and MERRI is now available for use from today. SOFTWARE: It is important to note that the software stack on MERRI has changed, as all software had to be recompiled for RedHat 6.4.  We are currently still updating the standard software availability pages on our site, but as a first check, please use... Read full story

Could your lab benefit from a student researcher?

August 12, 2013

Bio21 Cluster seeks researchers in biomedical fields to offer casual positions to undergraduate students through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) scheme. The host laboratory employs students for four weeks full-time over summer vacation and for eight hours per week during semester at an equivalent of HEW2 Casual (approx $30+ p/h). VLSCI provides funds for a number of... Read full story

August software upgrades to MERRI, BRUCE upgrades due in early September.

August 2, 2013

As part of a program of ongoing maintenance, VLSCI’s x86 systems are due for a major software upgrade. Users will notice outages as the team works to upgrade and test improved systems on Merri and Bruce. Merri:  5 - 11 August Bruce: 2 -  8 September Please note that as part of the upgrade, the job scheduler will change from PBS/Torque to SLURM. For users this means: All job... Read full story

Focussing on Molecular Dynamics (& Modelling) at VLSCI and La Trobe University - new resources, key dates

July 12, 2013

Molecular Dynamics (& Modelling) in the life sciences at VLSCI Since August 2010, when Jason Roberts, VIDRL, demonstrated what great virus models he could make with the capacity now available to him, Victoria's molecular dynamics (MD) researchers have been making full use of VLSCI's systems.  The skills of our resident expert, Dr Michael Kuiper, have been requested across a... Read full story

SC13 Early Research Showcase - PhD student support from VLSCI - applications close 31 July

July 3, 2013

VLSCI is once again offering travel and accommodation support for successful PhD students working in life sciences who successfully apply to attend the Early Research Showcase at Supercomputing 2013 (SC13). SC13 is to be held in Denver, Colorado, from 17-22 November and regularly attracts over 12,000 delegates. This workshop is part of the Doctorial Showcase program at the conference and it... Read full story

...and the GovHack award goes to...

June 7, 2013

After a weekend of enthusiastic hacking of government data at GovHack 2013, the VLSCI prize for Best use of a large biological dataset has been awarded to Team Cetacea's entry, Baleen whales in Australian Waters. An app was developed using whale sighting data from The Atlas of Living Australia, in combination with beautiful visuals and whale songs. The app allowed for an... Read full story

VLSCI sponsors GovHack 2013

May 31, 2013

In 8 different locations around Australia, 900 people have registered to take part in this year’s GovHack event. This weekend (1-2 June 2013) participants will come together in teams to create new mashups, data visualisations and apps – or whatever they like - with government data. To encourage Victorian participants to tinker with life sciences data, VLSCI is offering a prize for the... Read full story

PhD Top Ups 2013/14 - applications NOW CLOSED

May 21, 2013

VLSCI is providing a further limited number of Top-Up Scholarships for graduate research students undertaking research that may be broadly categorised as ‘Computational Biology’. Top-Up Scholarships are at a level of $5,000 p.a., and for this round, are available for payment 1 July 2013 - 30 June 2015 (or pro-rata until end date of primary scholarship, whichever is sooner). Payment is... Read full story

April update

April 16, 2013

More opportunities are now available at VLSCI - new appointments, new machines, new research... LSCC Expressions of Interest - new process, apply anytime Existing and potential LSCC collaborators may now apply anytime to engage with experts in the LSCC through a rolling expression of interest process which is very lightweight. A relationship with the LSCC ensures direct access to their computer... Read full story

RAS Round 7 - opening for applications 3 April 2013

March 28, 2013

VLSCI is pleased to announce that RAS Round 7, which will run from 1 July 2013 to the 30 June 2014, will be open for applications from the 3 April 2013. This round will coincide with upgrades to our x86 hardware, which will be announced in early June. Further details about the new resources will be available soon. Successful Round 6 (2013) users who are content with their current allocation... Read full story

Call for new UROP projects

March 6, 2013

The Bio21 Cluster runs the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program which is co-sponsored by VLSCI and CSL. This program is open to supervisors and students across all Victorian institutions. UROP is a paid employment scheme designed to give undergraduate students an early opportunity to experience real life in a research laboratory and gain insight into careers in biomedical research.... Read full story

EMBL Australia looking for three young bioinformatics leaders

February 21, 2013

More opportunties to join the bioinformatics revolution ... Read full story

CSIRO Computational and Simulation Sciences Conference - March 2013

February 8, 2013

The CSIRO Computational and Simulation Sciences and eResearch Annual Conference is to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 20-22 March 2013. The objectives of the annual conference and workshops are to: build a greater understanding within CSIRO of the potential contributions to research of computational and simulation sciences and eResearch learn about international directions in... Read full story

INCF Node Launch & Workshop, with Allan Jones, CEO, Allen Institute for Brain Science

February 8, 2013

As partners in the Victorian Node of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), VLSCI are pleased to announce the Official Launch and Inaugural Neuroinformatics Workshop. INCF Node Official Launch and Inaugural Neuroinformatics Workshop Friday 22 February 2013 Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins St, Melbourne.   This event will include addresses by Dr... Read full story

Interns present their research projects

February 1, 2013

The interns at VLSCI and IBM have been working hard over Summer on a diverse range of projects under the supervision of various staff members at IBM and VLSCI: La Trobe, Monash and Melbourne Universities. You are invited to come along to hear summaries of their research and experiences: Sori Kang NCBI tools primer design Lee Yeoh Comparison of RNA-seq assembly algorithms and analysis of... Read full story

NeuroEng 2013

January 25, 2013

The Computational Neuroscience workshop, NeuroEng 2013, brings together researchers from Australia and New Zealand who work at the interface between neuroscience and engineering, including mathematical and computational neuroscience, neural modelling, neuroimaging, EEG analysis, neuromorphic engineering and neuroprostheses. The workshop will take place at The University of Melbourne on 30-31 Jan... Read full story

Join the bioinformatics revolution - new jobs now open

November 21, 2012

Endocrine Genomics Virtual Laboratory (endoVL) - closing date 9 December 2012 The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR)-funded endoVL is led by the Melbourne eResearch Group at the University of Melbourne. They are currently seeking a Project Implementation Manager and two Software Developers. More details at Current Positions. Bioinformatician required at NICTA -... Read full story

VLSCI shares in HPC Innovation Excellence Award at Supercomputing 2012 in Salt Lake City, USA

November 13, 2012

Representatives from VLSCI, attending the world's largest Supercomputing conference (SC12) as part of an Australian High Performance Computing booth, were pleased to represent colleagues from St Vincent's Institute, the IBM Research Collaboratory for Life Sciences, VLSCI, University of Melbourne and VIDRL at the presentation of the HPC Innovation Excellence Awards this morning. Led by... Read full story

VLSCI at eResearch Australasia

October 26, 2012

VLSCI will be at Booth 7 at eResearch Australasia being held over 28 October to 2 November in Sydney. Our conference news is published today, take a look to see who is going and what we are doing. Read full story

VLSCI Summer Internships in Life Sciences Computation 2012/13 - applications now closed

October 15, 2012

The VLSCI is now offering up to five full-time (or equivalent pro-rata) Internships in Life Sciences Computation over Summer 2012/13 to mathematics, biology and/or computer science students at Honours, Masters or PhD level. Job Description The VLSCI is seeking applications from students across all Victorian universities for five summer internship positions in life sciences computation.... Read full story

Resource Allocation Scheme (RAS) Round 6 - for access in 2013 - now closed

October 12, 2012

The RAS Round 6 is now open. All researchers and current users must apply in this round for access to VLSCI facilities in 2013. Key dates: 12 October: RAS Round Six call for applications opens, 12 November: Applications close (without exception), December RAS Committee meeting outcomes advised to successful applicants, 01 January: Resource allocation is made available to... Read full story

Call for UROP projects to commence in Summer 2012/3. Submission date - now closed

September 6, 2012

The Bio21 Cluster runs the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program which is co-sponsored by VLSCI and CSL. VLSCI's provides administration support and funding for up to ten half-stipends for projects which relate to computational biology. This is open to students across all Victorian Institutions. There are a number of half stipends available to support UROP places. These half... Read full story

Support available for attending Ph.D. Early Research Showcase at SC 2012 in Salt Lake City in November

July 6, 2012

The VLSCI is pleased to announce that it will once again be providing financial support for a minimum of six Victorian Ph.D. students working in Life Sciences computation to travel to the SC12 (SuperComputing) International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from November 10-16, 2012. Successful applicants will join the ... Read full story

Avoca has great green credentials too!

July 6, 2012

The latest Green500 List has been announced and it was good news for VLSCI's new Avoca. The Blue Gene/Q was ranked the most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world - in fact, the first 20 supercomputers on the list were all Blue Gene/Qs. The aim of the Green500 is to raise awareness about power consumption by ranking machines by "FLOPS-per-Watt". For further information visit... Read full story

Australia’s fastest supercomputer ranks high on world listing

June 18, 2012

The extensive planning and dedicated hard work to install VLSCI’s new supercomputer continues to pay dividends. VLSCI’s newly operational BlueGene/Q system, named Avoca, not only passed its acceptance testing, but has also ranked 31 on the prestigious global TOP500 list. The TOP500 table nominates the 500 most powerful computer systems. It is updated twice a year, with the latest... Read full story

VACANCY NOW CLOSED - Manager, Peak Computing Facility, VLSCI - closing date 24 June 2012

June 8, 2012

Having successfully steered VLSCI through Stages 1 and 2, our PCF Manager is retiring and we are looking for a replacement. The incoming PCF Manager will be expected to continue to deliver a smooth-running facility, run a service-oriented team, manage the competitive, merit-based resource allocation system and maximise access to transient and finite resources. The position requires an individual... Read full story