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NRN Project Launch

posted Nov 27, 2014, 7:40 PM by james tizard   [ updated Nov 30, 2014, 2:52 PM ]

The National Research Network was launched at the University of South Australia by the South Australian Shadow Ministor for Education David Pisoni on 18th November 2014.
 
Funded by the Federal Department of Education and led by UniSA’s Chief Information Officer, Paul Sherlock, the National Research Network project has greatly enhanced connectivity for researchers in capital cities (Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne), regional areas (including Far North Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia), interstate (between Adelaide and Perth) and has enhanced new mission-specific projects in radio astronomy and storage networking.
 
The $37 million investment by the Federal Government has significantly enhanced Australia’s advanced research and education telecommunication network (AREN) which now provides critical, very high-speed connections between Australian universities and research institutions. The AREN is implemented by SABREnet in South Australia, VERNet in Victoria, and in other states, nationally and internationally by AARNet.
 
The National Research Network will connect researchers to cloud, and storage infrastructure made possible by co-investment from the NCRIS-funded Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) scheme and the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (NeCTAR).
 
Stakeholders from the NRN project including NRN Steering Committee members, AARNet, SABRENet, and VERNet staff, Project Steering Committee Members, South Australian researchers, eResearch SA staff and VIPs including UniSA Vice Chancellor Prof David Lloyd, SA Shadow Minister for Education David Pisoni, SA Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, Gail Gago attended the launch of this vital network.
 
Videos of researchers, chairs of NRN component projects and other stakeholders involved in the NRN launch were played during the launch, which can be viewed here:
Professor Mark Ragan, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland: http://youtu.be/G82I5VuKZSY
Mr Michael Kirby-Lewis, Chief Information Officer, University of New South Wales : http://youtu.be/o8aSSHPUNWA
Professor Peter Quinn, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, University of Western Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo_e2WQb0wQ
Mr Chris Hancock, CEO, AARNet: http://youtu.be/7Tcf-7u_dRA
The full media release is available here.
 
Photos of the launch:

Hon Gail Gago MLC, Prof David Lloyd, Mr Paul Sherlock

Hon Gail Gago MLC, Prof David Lloyd, Mr Paul Sherlock

David Pisoni MP

David Pisoni MP

Prof David Lloyd

Prof David Lloyd 

 
All photos are by Rosey Boehm.
 
 

First NRN project announced

posted Feb 24, 2011, 8:46 PM by james tizard   [ updated Nov 27, 2014, 8:02 PM ]

University of South Australia Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Høj today announced the first piece of infrastructure to be funded through the NRN project.

The announcement will see the NRN project contribute $1.4 million towards the University of Tasmania’s project to upgrade on-island university broadband links to 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps), complemented by a 2.5 Gbps link to Melbourne.  

The full media release is available here.

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