CSIRONET is an Australia-wide computing network offering its services to CSIRO, government departments, tertiary institutions and private companies.
This video describes the range of services offered and shows how a number of clients benefit from using CSIRONET. The clients include a market research firm which developed powerful software in collaboration with CSIRONET, a remotely located Government Department which uses the software available on CSIRONET’s hosts for large scale processing, and an engineering authority which does numerically intensive computing and sophisticated graphics output through CSIRONET.
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Narrator: From one end of Australia to the other, people are engaged in a multitude of activities which have one thing in common – they are all made easier, faster, or less costly, through the use of computers.
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But rapid advances in computing technology are making decisions about the use of computers more difficult.
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The provision of reliable, high quality computing services has therefore become of crucial importance to Australia.
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For over 20 years CSIRO has been providing advanced and general purpose computing services for its own scientists, and for other government funded institutions.
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Now it has created an independent commercial enterprise, offering its services to a wider range of potential clients.
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Now, industry, government bodies, universities and colleges, can take advantage of the unique combination of facilities and services offered by CSIRONET, CSIRO’s Australia wide computing network.
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CSIRONET’s impressive range of computing hardware now includes the giant Cyber205. Australia’s first super computer, the 205 has significantly boosted the country’s capability in numerically intensive computing. Other computers will continue to be used in addition to the 205, to provide a variety of computing functions.
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CSIRONET clients have 24 hour access to a wide range of public databases, some of them developed by CSIRO. In addition, clients can have exclusive access to their own databases through CSIRONET.
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Worldwide links mean that CSIRONET clients can hook into the network from overseas, or into overseas computers from Australia. The challenge in computing is often the conversion of raw data into meaningful information.
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The marketing consultancy EPASCO uses the colour view system to interpret a range of census data.
Male: Is there any particular age you’re interested in?
Male: Yes, 55.
Male: OK. I’ll stop it at 55.
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Narrator: The system was developed jointly by CSIRONET, EPASCO, and Techway Proprietary Limited. EPASCO’s clients can add their own data to the system to suit particular needs. In this case they are deciding on the best location for automatic telling machines.
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Joint development projects are part of CSIRONET’s aim of providing its considerable expertise to help its clients reap the full benefits of up to date computing technology.
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For industry, that means staying ahead of the competition.
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For research organisations and government bodies, it means more efficient and effective operation.
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To handle the huge volume of data it gathers for the fishing industry, Victoria’s Marine Science Laboratories have relied for many years on CSIRONET’s powerful computers. The laboratories have installed their own node at Queenscliff.
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The scientists can also access CSIRONET using acoustic couplers from their city offices, or from the network’s regional office in Melbourne.
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The Marine Science Laboratories have their own computing hardware, which they use in conjunction with CSIRONET facilities. Certain tasks are more cheaply managed offline, once the processed data has been retrieved from CSIRONET.
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Clients computing needs are often best met through the integrated use of the client’s own facilities and those of CSIRONET.
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CSIRONET has its own range of peripherals available to clients including plotters, a graphic design work station, and high speed laser printing. Information can also be presented on microfiche for convenient storage, film for effective presentation, or bromide paper for publication.
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The Australian Bureau of Flora and Fauna is using this last facility to publish the results of the Australian Biological Resources Study.
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The study of the flora alone will occupy over 50 volumes by the time it’s completed next Century. The massive amount of complex information is collected, then entered directly into CSIRONET. Software on CSIRONET typesets it, producing bromides ready for offset printing.
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This process is quicker, cheaper, and results in fewer errors.
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CSIRONET also has an image processing laboratory, providing services such as enhancement and restoration of images, and satellite image processing.
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Linking graphics with large scale finite element analysis on the CSIRONET computers is helping the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation to predict the effects of earthquakes on structures such as dam walls and towers.
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The behaviour of water released from a broken dam can also be forecast in this way.
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The introduction of the Cyber205 means more economical processing of the raw data and production of the graphics.
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As a national resource CSIRONET is yet to be fully exploited. Its extensive facilities and vast network are backed up by a telephone advisory service.
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A computing library, which is probably the best in Australia, user group meetings and workshops, and onsite consultation for clients whenever needed.
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CSIRONET may be able to cost effectively meet your computing requirements; or we could help you to integrate the use of your facilities and ours; or perhaps you can develop special software or systems in collaboration with us.
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CSIRONET is Australia’s largest computing network. Our aim is to provide you with state of the art computing services.