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How to accelerate your science with supercomputers @UQ with the Physcis club

Join UQ PAIN Industry and Students series to find out the importance of supercomputers in research, hear your peers’ journeys toward supercomputing and learn how to access Pawsey national research facilities at no cost to you or your team.

Come to discover how to get your scientific project to the next level, faster!

  • UQ Parnell building 07 room 302
  • May 4th 2022, 5:00 pm AEST/ 3:00 pm AWST

This is a hybrid event, the link will be available on the UQ Pain Facebook page on the day.

Meet Dr Emily Kahl and Chris Chang and their journey toward supercomputing, and wait to know everything about Pawsey and Setonix supercomputer from our own Ann Backhaus and Pascal Elahi.

About the presenters

UQ researchers

Dr Emily Kahl works as a scientific programmer in the Bernhardt group at AIBN, where she develops and maintains numerical codes for molecular simulations. Her two focuses are developing computational chemistry software for massively-parallel computer architectures and improving the quality and uptake of open-source software in science.
Emily completed her undergraduate studies in physics and computational science at the University of Queensland before moving down to Sydney for a PhD at the University of New South Wales. She was awarded her PhD in physics in 2021 for a thesis titled “High-performance computing and its applications to atomic structure physics”. She returned to UQ to join the Bernhardt group at AIBN in 2020, where she works with researchers in chemistry and materials science to develop software for nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations.


Christopher Chang is a PhD student at the University of Queensland studying the phenomenology of simple extensions to the Standard Model, focussing on theories that include dark matter candidates.
With a background in science and engineering, Chris is currently part of the team Searching for New Particles from the Attoscale to the Exascale with GAMBIT as part of the first Pawsey Centre for Extreme-scale Readiness (PaCER) program, establishing Australia’s research platform for extreme-scale computing.
As someone who has worked with Collider software, Chris’s role is to help test the ability to run the team Collider code on GPUs once a working version is available.



Pawsey experts

Pascal Elahi
Pascal obtained a PhD in Astrophysics from Queen’s University, Canada. His background is in numerical astrophysics, where he explored the physics governing the Universe through complex virtual universes. In addition, he has an extensive track record of developing astronomical software for HPC systems.

At Pawsey, he is responsible for assisting researchers to efficiently parallelise their codes and port them onto Pawsey’s infrastructure. Pascal undertakes technical assessments of parallelised applications for performance on supercomputers and assists research groups in scaling their research applications and simulations from hundreds to thousands of processors.

Ann Backhaus
Ann is the Education and Training Manager at Pawsey. Ann has significant experience in adult teaching and learning, as well as training project and program design, development and management. She has led distributed, global training teams strategically and operationally from many bases, including Indonesia, the U.S.A., Australia, and Europe. She has experimented with various modalities and approaches for training and documentation in technical and technology areas, including, most recently, HPC. She has deep and broad experience in online and blended learning. Her experience spans numerous industries and sectors, including government, academia, and private enterprise.