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Thailand’s National e-Science Infrastructure Consortium

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Thailand’s National e-Science Infrastructure Consortium continues to grow. Recently, three organizations joined the consortium as new members in the areas of astronomy, ecology and computational science. The consortium was founded in 2011 by five founding members, namely, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Chulalongkorn University, Suranaree University of Technology, Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, and, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. Each member invests in the computing resources and shares them as a national research infrastructure that can be used by researchers from any institutions in Thailand. In 2014, the computing resource included 2,544 computing cores, which was 48% increased from 2013. The consortium supported 49 research projects producing 86 publications including 47 international journal articles.

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An example of research activities that the consortium has played an important role is the collaboration in High Energy Particle Physics research with CERN, which is one of the most distinguish organizations in this field. Thai researchers participate in the analysis of data from the LHC accelerator in collaboration with CERN’s CMS and the ALICE experiments. They also take parts in the development of new sensor and computing systems for the ALICE experiment. Other examples are the development of a molecular dynamics simulation program that includes a new algorithm resulting in faster calculation, and, the study of the relationship between the weather and ocean conditions that can help improving the accuracy of rain fall forecasting.

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In 2014, the consortium has welcomed three new members, namely, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization), the Center of Excellence in Ecoinformatics of Walailak University, and, the Faculty of Science of Kasetsart University. This expansion will strengthen and enhance the collaboration.

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“I am happy to welcome our new members.” Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, the Director of National Science and Technology Development Agency, and, the Chair Person of Consortium Steering Committee said. “I strongly believe that these three organizations will bring significant contributions and enrich our collaborations”

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Associate Prof. Dr. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, the Director of National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization), said. “NARIT participation in the consortium will benefit the astronomy research in many areas particularly for data analysis and modeling such as the studies of the effects of space on earth, astrophysics, galaxy formation and evolution, and, cosmology.”

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“Computing infrastructure service provided by the consortium is an essential factor for scientific research, particularly for computational science, which is a key for research and development toward agriculture, food and energy sustainability.” Prof. Dr. Supa Harnnongbua, the Dean of Faculty of Science of Kasetsart University, said. “Faculty of Science of Kasetsart University is proud to be a member of the consortium and we are looking forward to collaborations with other consortium members.”

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Associate Prof. Dr. Krisanadej Jaroensutasinee, the Director of the Center of Excellence in Ecoinformatics of Walailuk University, said “Ecoinformatics is a study of ecosystem through analysis of environmental data such as temperature, humidity, salinity together with observation of biological phenomena such as coral bleaching. This research approach needs adequate computing infrastructure, which has been collaboratively developed by the consortium members.”

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