April LUV Meeting

Apr 5 2011 19:00
Apr 5 2011 21:00

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.


  • David Bannon, The VLSCI and Linux
  • Mike Kuiper, Modelling biological molecules in the age of high performance computing

The VLSCI and Linux

Under the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, The University of Melbourne will host a $100 million supercomputing program and facility, with $50 million provided by the State Government. The goal of the initiative is for Victoria to retain its standing and enhance its leadership in world life sciences. This will lead to major improvements in public health outcomes in the areas such as cancer, cardiovascular and neurological disease, chronic inflammatory diseases, bone diseases and diabetes. The VLSCI aims to be provide a supercomputing facility ranking in the top 5 in life sciences world-wide by 2013.

David Bannon is the Peak Compute Facility manager at the Victorian Life Sciences Institute, responsible for the planning, implementation and management of the VLSCI peak computing facility. David has come from VPAC where he was Operation Manager responsible for the Systems Department delivering HPC support to approximately 600 end users, mostly Victorian researchers. He was involved in the APAC Grid and then the Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) and will remain active in a number of committees and consultative groups concerned with eResearch and related fields.

Modelling biological molecules in the age of high performance computing - Mike Kuiper

Linux cluster computing have provided life science researchers with enormous gains in computational capacity allowing them to model biological molecules such as protein and DNA with every increasing complexity and time scales. This talk will showcase a number of research projects which have gained great insights though simulation, including why (certain) fish don't freeze and some tricky things about influenza.

Michael Kuiper is a scientist at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing helping members and researchers use high performance computing, particularly in biological sciences for molecular simulations and visualization. Previously Mike was a post-doc at Queens University in Canada studying antifreeze proteins and also spent time in Antarctica with the United States Antarctic Program. Mike has a B.Sc from Monash and a PhD in Chemistry from Swinburne.

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building, Trinity College Main Campus Parkville Melways Map: 2B C5

Notes: Trinity College's Main Campus is located off Royal Parade. The Evan Burge Building is located near the Tennis Courts. See our Map of Trinity College. Additional maps of Trinity and the surrounding area (including its relation to the city) can be found at http://www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/about/location/map

Parking can be found along or near Royal Parade, Grattan Street, Swanston Street and College Crescent. Parking within Trinity College is unfortunately only available to staff.

For those coming via Public Transport, the number 19 tram (North Coburg - City) passes by the main entrance of Trinity College (Get off at Morrah St, Stop 12). This tram departs from the Elizabeth Street tram terminus (Flinders Street end) and goes past Melbourne Central Timetables can be found on-line at:


Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting!


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