Over 120 people from around the world attended the seventh annual eResearchNZ conference (9-11 February) in Queenstown. Delegates came from Universities and Crown Research Institutes in New Zealand, coupled with representatives from the University of Chicago, AARNet (Australia's research and education network) and ESnet in California.
New Zealand's eInfrastructure organisations, NeSI, NZGL and REANNZ co-hosted the event, which shared national and international experience in eResearch, and highlighted current and emerging eResearch trends.
Inder Monga gave the opening plenary, and spoke about ESnet's goal that scientific progress should be completely unconstrained by the physical location of instruments, people, computational resources, or data. See the slides from Inder Monga's plenary session.
Rob Elshire, of The Elshire Group Ltd. implored researchers to collaborate more, suggesting there are still some barriers to enable this. REANNZ, the national research and education network, provides speeds of up to 100 Gb/s, but between the end point of the REANNZ network and the researchers themselves, performance can be an issue, according to Elshire.
"It's like central government has funded a superhighway, but isn't investing in on-ramps," he said. See the slides from Rob Elshire's plenary session.