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PhD students conduct high-performance research

8 July 2009

Andrew Clarke, Nick Boustead, Chris Ellis, Jabed Bhuiyan, Aynul Kabir, Christopher Butler.
Back: Andrew Clarke, Nick Boustead, Chris Ellis. Front: Jabed Bhuiyan, Aynul Kabir, Christopher Butler. Not pictured: Mark Lindsay, Antoinette Stryk.

Eight PhD students have received scholarships from the Monash e-Research Centre (MeRC) to support them in using high-performance computing (HPC) to conduct their research.

The students Chris Butler, Chris Ellis, and Nicholas Boustead from the Faculty of Engineering; Jabed Bhuiyan, Aynul Kabir, Antoinette Stryk and Mark Lindsay from the Faculty of Science; and Andrew Clarke from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, received a $5000 one-year top-up for their PhD projects.

MeRC will also provide these 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.

Advanced Technology Analyst Dr Wojtek Goscinski said the scholarships would help the students access specific HPC models, software and techniques that would drive their research forward.

"Many researchers at Monash use computers to support their work, and while progress can be made using conventional desk-top machines, advanced computers are often required to solve real-world problems of significant scale," Dr Goscinski said.

"As a result, high-performance computing has become an invaluable tool to answer questions that are otherwise impossible to answer.

"MeRC congratulates the successful students and looks forward to working with them to advance their research outcomes."

In addition to the scholarship, the students will be given the opportunity to apply for a travel grant to attend a PhD workshop in Portland, Oregon in the US.

The workshop, Early Adopters PhD Workshop, the first at the Supercomputing 2009 conference in Portland, is being organised by Professor David Abramson, Science Director at MeRC 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 high-performance computing.

For more information visit the MeRC website.