Current Research

Successful Resource Applications

All research currently allocated to the VLSCI supercomputers has been approved through a Resource Allocation Scheme (RAS).

  • Round 1: for access in first half of 2010
  • Round 2: for access in second half of 2010
  • Round 3: for access throughout 2011
  • Round 4: for access throughout 2012
  • Round 5: for access in second half of 2012 and first half of 2013
  • Round 6: for access throughout 2013
  • Round 7: for access from July 2013 to June 2014
  • Round 8: for access throughout 2014
  • Round 9 : for access from July 2014 to December 2014

In addition to receiving a RAS allocation, some projects also benefit from expert LSCC support.

How Bacteria Swim

Supercomputers are revealing how the corkscrew-like tails of bacteria work. The research is leading to a better understanding of bacterial life, and to a possible form of locomotion for micro-devices.
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A Better Way to Diagnose Glaucoma

Computer scientist Dr Andrew Turpin and optometry researcher Dr Allison McKendrick are using a supercomputer to try to reduce from years to months the time taken to diagnose the worsening of vision which signifies glaucoma, the world's second most common cause of irreversible blindness.
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How do Drugs Work in Real Life?

A Melbourne researcher is revealing in detail how drugs dock with their target molecules. His supercomputer simulations could help refine the new generation of designed drugs such as Relenza.
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Constructing the Polio Virus – One Atom at a Time

Jason Roberts has built a moving, three-dimensional simulation of the polio virus from the ground up. He fed data on the structure of the 240 proteins and 60 lipids from which the virus is constructed into a supercomputer. And it put together the virus in a simulated water environment – a jigsaw of more than 3.6 million atoms of which the virus comprised only 900,000.
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Finding the Epicentre of a Brainquake

Victoria’s new supercomputer facility is helping to create a new monitoring system for epilepsy. The researchers hope to identify the seat of an epileptic seizure and open up opportunities for surgical intervention.
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Finding the Achilles' heel of parasites

It was once a major challenge to sequence the entire genome of a pest organism to find clues for how to control it. Now, molecular parasitologists are using supercomputers to do just that – and they’re working toward new ways of combating destructive parasites of humans and animals.
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What's in a name? Cancer redefined

Welcome to the brave new world of personalised cancer treatments - where your cancer will be rapidly typed and a personal treatment plan created with the help of supercomputer-inspired analysis.
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Data Drives Probe into Cancer Crisis Point

It's work that takes significant, but not necessarily huge amounts of, computer power... More important is the expertise of bioinformaticians in knowing how to automate the search for patterns in huge data sets, and generate meaningful statistics from massive amounts of information.
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A Squishy Cell is a Healthy Cell

Clinicians may soon be able to diagnose and track the progress of diseases such as diabetes and malaria under particular treatment regimes through a patented Lab-on-a-chip diagnostic device.
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Understanding drug interactions at the molecular level

Almost half the currently available medicines act on a single group of molecules - G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which can trigger cellular responses to a wide range of ailments such as heart disease, infections, respiratory disorders, digestive and other conditions. New drugs are predicted to emerge from a deeper understanding of GPCRs at the molecular level. The race is on.
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