The research infrastructure services and expertise provided by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is essential to the continual development of the Australian Geoscience Data Cube (Data Cube).
NCI's work on the Data Cube is assisting to overcome the global issue of making more satellite data available in a form that is quick and easy to use.
Work undertaken by NCI has helped solve the problem of limited access to sufficient compute and data resources, which inhibited the capacity to process quantities of time-series observational data in a performant way and at all scales.
NCI has dedicated a number of resources to the Data Cube, including:
The work completed by the NCI means that Data Cube users can now perform continental scale multidisciplinary analyses in hours or even minutes, which previously would have been done manually and taken years.
Throughout its work on the Data Cube, the NCI has drawn on national research infrastructure and services funded by the Australian Government through:
Since 2011 $46 million worth of NCRIS-funded infrastructure has been used by the NCI. NCI hardware infrastructure funded as part of the NCRIS NCI project has played a key role in the development and deployment of the Data Cube. Additionally, further capability and infrastructure has been developed at NCI with funding and support from the following NCRIS projects: