NeSI offers consultancy to overcome software limitations that currently impair your ability to make the best use of NeSI platforms.
What do we do?
Examples of outcomes we could assist with (this list is general and non-exhaustive):
- Workflow parallelisation – allowing more inputs to be processed simultaneously, usually by different instances of the software running side by side
- Software parallelisation – use of technologies such as OpenMP or MPI to process one single input more quickly by one instance of the software
- Code optimisation – redesign of algorithms to improve overall speed or efficiency of resource (CPU or memory) use
- Improving I/O performance – work to speed up reading from or writing to the disk, or to reduce the amount of data that must be read or written
- Porting to GPU – accelerate code by offloading computations to a coprocessor
- Creating/Improving a visualisation workflow
- Translating Python/R/Matlab code to C/C++/Fortran for faster execution
- Improving software sustainability – introducing best practices such as version control and unit testing
What can you expect from us?
During a consultancy project we aim to provide:
- Expertise and advice
- An agreed timeline to develop or improve a solution (typical projects are of the order of 1 day per week for up to 4 months but this is determined on a case-by-case basis)
- Training, knowledge transfer and/or capability development
- A summary document outlining what has been achieved during the project
- A case study published on our website after the project has been completed, to showcase the work you are doing on NeSI
What is expected of you?
Consultancy projects are intended to be a collaboration and thus some input is required on your part. You should be willing to:
- Contribute to a case study upon successful completion of the consultancy project
- Complete a short survey to help us measure the impact of our service
- Attend regular meetings (usually via video conference)
- Invest time to answer questions, provide code and data as necessary and make changes to your workflow if needed
- Acknowledge NeSI in article and code publications that we have contributed to, which could include co-authorship if our contribution is deemed worthy
- Accept full ownership/maintenance of the work after the project completes (NeSI's involvement in the project is limited to the agreed timeline)
How do you get access to NeSI consultancy?
Researchers from collaborator institutions (University of Auckland, NIWA, University of Otago and Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research) and those with Merit projects can usually access consultancy at no cost to themselves, based on their institution's or MBIE's investment into NeSI.
If you are interested to find out more or apply for a project, contact us to set up an initial meeting: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the meeting, we can help complete the PDF application form that can be downloaded from this page: https://www.nesi.org.nz/services/consultancy.
Examples of previous projects
Listed below are some examples of previous projects we have contributed to:
- Tracking coastal precipitation systems in the tropics
- Powering global climate simulations
- Optimising tools used for genetic analysis
- Investigating climate sensitivity
- Improving earthquake forecasting methods
- Modernising models to diagnose and treat disease and injury
- Cataloguing NZ's earthquake activities
- Finite element modelling of biological cells
- Preparing New Zealand to adapt to climate change
- Using GPUs to expand our understanding of the solar system
- Speeding up Basilisk with GPGPUs
- Helping communities anticipate flood events