ANU Supercomputer Facility - Annual Report 1997

Staff Changes, Development and Training


Staff Changes

ANU Supercomputer Facility Staff

Using funds earned from earlier industrial consultancies, a second Visualization Programmer was employed for one year (Mr Ramsden on secondment from ACAT) and a temporary appointment made (Mr Brown), providing additional academic consultancy support. A significant change was the half-time employment of a Massive Data System applications support programmer (Ms Allsman). With the expiry of an ARC funded systems administration post, a casual employee was engaged to help with the workload of the systems group.

Dr Wielopolski and Dr Edberg left the Fujitsu Computational Chemistry project in mid-year. Drs Bliznyuk and Limaye joined this team which was augmented by the appointment for six months of Dr Russell. Mr Gavin Mercer took up a half-time position as program librarian/software engineer in the Fujitsu Parallel Mathematical Library Software development project.

Associated Staff

Dr Stephen Greatbanks was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow the Computational Molecular Modelling and Drug Design group, led by Dr Gready, JCSMR, to work on the Fujitsu Computational Chemistry project led by Dr Rendell, ANUSF.

Dr Kahn continued her management and participation in the collaborative project with Fujitsu Limited in Parallel Mathematical Library Software development. Dr Dow also continued contributing algorithms and code. In 1997, Dr Bing Zhou was appointed in SMS to join Drs David Harrar (SMS) and Lutz Grosz (SMS) in working on the project. An APA(I) supported PhD student Mr Geoff Keating, RSISE, continued his involvement with the project.

These projects are described elsewhere in this report.

Training and Development, Conferences

Given the unusual and quasi-academic skills required of many of the Facility's staff, suitable development and training is often available only through attendance at conferences and workshops, sometimes necessarily overseas. Papers were presented at most conferences attended. Details of these are listed in the Publications section of this report.

Mr Evans attended the SGI/Cray Australian User Group meeting in Melbourne on 21 February and together with Ms Jenkinson attended the subsequent meeting in Sydney on 2 May. He also organized the meeting in Canberra on 28 November.

Dr Ran attended a Sun Solaris Network Administration course from 12-16 May.

Ms Allsman attended the Second IEEE Computer Society Metadata conference, 16-17 September in Maryland and the VPP Special Interest Group Users Meeting and SAVE meeting, 6-7 March in Munich.

Ms Jenkinson, Dr Singleton and Dr Gingold (along with Dr Mackerras, DCS) attended the Fujitsu International User Group's annual meeting, FISUM6 and the VPP Special Interest Group meeting in Hawaii, in November.

Dr Singleton, Ms Jenkinson and Dr Gardner attended the premier international high performance computing conference, SC'97 in San Jose 17-21 November.

Dr Edberg attended the American Chemical Society Meeting in San Francisco 12-26 April and visited Dr Kollman's group at UCSF.

Mr Whitehouse attended the SIGRAPH conference in Los Angeles in August.

Dr Gardner attended two plasma-physics related conferences in Japan supported by the Fujitsu researcher exchange fund (see Collaboration and Outreach section). He also presented a paper at the 4th International Conference on Computational Physics, ICCP4, in Singapore from June 2-4 and attended a meeting of the C20 Commission for Computational Physics af the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

Dr Gingold made a presentation at the Global Information Workshop at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney on 27 October.

Dr Kahn and Dr Gingold gave invited presentations at the Parallel Computing Workshop, PCW97, 25 - 26 Sept, ANU.

Drs Rendell, Limaye, Bliznyuk and Greatbanks presented papers and posters at the Third Australian Molecular Modelling Workshop in Melbourne, 5-7 October. Dr Rendell joined JCSMR staff at the School's annual retreat and presented a talk and a poster.

As well as visiting Tokyo for technical discussions in March and September, Dr Rendell made an intensive and extensive trip as part of his duties related to the Fujitsu Computational Chemistry project from 16 July - 5 August. In this time he visited Daresbury Laboratories, FECIT, UMIST, Imperial and King's Colleges in the UK, CESGA in Spain, SNI, LRZ and Schering in Germany and in the USA he visited Fujitsu America Incorporated, HAL, NESRC, Gaussian Inc and SCA.

Several staff attended the ANZIAM one-day seminar on Eigenvalues and Bifurcation, 10 December.

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