MASSIVE Annual Report 2017-2018

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Dr Greg Storr, CHair of the MASSIVE Steering Committee

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Message from the Chair

The disruption and innovation due to the digital revolution is evident in many aspects of how we live and work, and there are both great opportunities and risks that need to be managed to realise the potential of those opportunities. It has been a pleasure for me over the past two years to be involved with the MASSIVE project, which deals daily with opportunities and risks in the midst of the digital revolution.

MASSIVE’s work in high performance computing, data analysis and data manage- ment, supports Australian scientific research that would not have been possible less than a generation ago. This annual report has been published at a time when there are many scientific endeavors, several which are summarised in this report, that use high-per- formance computing to improve the ability of researchers in academia, national laborato- ries and industry to understand and solve complex problems which lead to innovations that transforms society and the economy.

MASSIVE’s technological capabilities and human expertise is having a national impact, as it supports research in several of the nine

national focus areas identified in the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap report, including Characterisation and Digital data and eResearch. MASSIVE plays a significant role in discovery and research through the analysis of large amounts of data gathered from instruments that can measure and probe at length scales at molecular and atomic levels, and which allows researchers to meaningfully interpret that data using visualisation techniques. To meet the future growth of “big data”, new imaging technolo- gies and research that relies on linking these capabilities, MASSIVE will seek to partner with the best organisations and will support researchers who aim to solve problems that require specialised computing support.

I recognise the leadership and foresight of Monash University in establishing MASSIVE and the continuing support it has provided encouraging growth and developing contributing partnerships that reflect the growing diversity and networks necessary to make scientific research effective. I also recognise and thank the other major partners and Affiliate partners that have supported MASSIVE and wish them all continued

success. MASSIVE’s newest partner is the University of Wollongong which is expanding its capabilities in life-sciences microscopy, with two case studies in the report that demonstrate MASSIVE’s expertise and value in optical and electron microscopy. I encourage you to read all the case studies provided in the annual report—they provide a snapshot of future transformation in our society.

The recent ISO9001 accreditation of the MASSIVE facility indicates an organisation that is committed to reliable operations which supports researchers and projects nationwide. This is a great offering which will enrich research outcomes and improve networks in important national science endeavors.

I express thanks to my colleagues on the MASSIVE Steering Committee for dedicating their time and expertise to assist with the governance and oversight of the MASSIVE facility, and my congratulations to the MASSIVE Director, Dr Wojtek Goscinski, and all of the MASSIVE team, for their successes and the expectation of many more in the future.

Dr Greg Storr

Wojtek James Goscinski