Supercomputing scholarship winners

10 November 2010

Front row:  Emanuel Birru, Daniel McInnes, Alana Sharp
Back row:  David Lee, Michelle D'Amico, Mark Guglielmetti, Indae Hwang, Yu Tian
Front row: Emanuel Birru, Daniel McInnes, Alana Sharp
Back row: David Lee, Michelle D'Amico, Mark Guglielmetti, Indae Hwang, Yu Tian
Absent from photo: Derwin Parkin

Nine PhD students have received scholarships to attend the Early Adopters PhD Workshop at Supercomputing 2010, an international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis to be held in New Orleans in November.

Two students received scholarships from the Victorian Life Sciences Computational Initiative (VLSCI) and seven were supported by the Monash e-Research Centre, with further support from faculties, schools and supervisors.

The students were from a range of disciplines such as mathematical sciences, meteorology, pharmacy, engineering and art and design.

Advanced Technology Analyst Dr Wojtek Goscinski said High Performance Computing (HPC) was now proving to be an invaluable tool in many research areas.

"There is great variety in the range of research projects being undertaken by this group which illustrates the versatility of HPC," Dr Goscinski said.

"The projects range from developing new drug delivery systems to modelling prehistoric animals. HPC allows researchers from any background to answer questions that have been impossible to figure out."

The scholarships will provide students access to specific HPC models, software and techniques that will drive their research forward.

The Monash e-Research Centre will also provide students with advice and assistance in using high performance tools and facilities and provide them with access to local, state, national and international HPC resources.

"On behalf of the Monash e-Research Centre, I extend my congratulations to the scholarship winners and look forward to working with them at the conference," Dr Goscinski said.

Early Adopters PhD Workshop is being organised by Professor David Abramson, Science Director at Monash e-Research Centre and Dr Goscinski. It will provide students with an opportunity to gain feedback on their early-stage research from some of the world's leading experts in e-Science and HPC.

General Manager of the Monash Research Graduate School, Fiona Zammit was also delighted by the outcome.

"Congratulations to all of the successful scholarship recipients," Ms Zammitt said.

For more information visit the Monash e-Research Centre website.