Comprehensive and well taught computational training is paramount for the astronomy community to harness the potential of the next generation telescopes and astronomy simulations. In the era of big telescopes and big data, data analysis practices need to scale to the volume of data processing and analysis needed for researchers to compete in a world-class arena.

To support the whole of the astronomy community, ADACS will offer computational training from introductory to advanced levels in a range of areas including:

Basic programming and software development, including

  • Data analysis and visualisation with Python and R
  • Understanding Research Data
  • Version control using git and github
  • Big Data and distributed computing
  • Machine learning
  • Cloud Computing

Intermediate to advanced training:

  • Intermediate to advanced supercomputing
  • Code optimisation
  • Parallelising your code (CPU and GPU)
  • Optimisation and scaling of parallel code (CPU and GPU)
  • Developing with MPI and OpenMP
  • Cloud computing
  • VO and TAO training
  • MWA data reduction techniques and tools

The training will be delivered in a variety of ways:

  • Face-to-face
    • Workshops are planned to be held in all major cities, where possible coinciding with other astronomy events (such as the ANITA summer school)
    • Astrohack week, planned towards the end of the year, to provide an opportunity for astronomy researchers to gain essential skills in areas such as machine learning to effectively work with typically large datasets
  • Online
    • Webinars run throughout the year, to introduce new concepts
    • On demand eLearning, this will complement the webinars and allow astronomers to access material from previous workshops and webinars
    • Online documentation and tutorials to allow for self-passed training
  • Astrohack Aus / Astro ResearchBazaar
    • An opportunity for astronomy researchers to gain essential skills in areas such as machine learning to effectively work with typically large datasets.
  • Dedicated hands-on support
    • Astronomers will be able to request hands on support to enable them to gain improved access to facilities