Vault, CSIRO and UTS Join Forces to Create a Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Cloud for Government and Critical Infrastructure

28-Feb-2019

The high-performance cloud environment aims to accelerate computing workloads with AI, machine learning and deep learning while offering high security

 

28 February, 2019 — Canberra, AustraliaVault, the ASD certified secure, sovereign community cloud provider for government and critical infrastructure today announced its collaboration with University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) SME Connect office, to advance Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning research.

The research aims to provide Vault customers with a high-performance cloud that is capable of diverse Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, High Performance Computing (HPC) and accelerated computing workloads while offering the security and protection of an ASD-certified cloud.

Leading the research is Dr Maruf Ahmed and Dr Farookh Khadeer Hussain, a cloud computing expert from UTS School of Software, UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT. Enhancements made to the current OpenStack architecture will be built into Vault’s cloud. CSIRO, UTS and Vault will be collectively investing over $500,000 to cover the research grant, additional hardware to support the research, over the three-year period in which the research is conducted.

“As the government invests in cloud migration, there will be significant value in being able to analyse data stored in the cloud. Vault is committed to to do this securely, efficiently and while ensuring citizen privacy expectations are met,” said Rupert Taylor-Price, Founder and CEO at Vault.

“Many Australians don’t realise that most advanced AI capability of large cloud providers is hosted overseas and can be subject to foreign law. This announcement is a major step towards enhancing Australia’s sovereign capability and protecting Australians.”

Dr Ahmed will work with the software layers that provide access to this accelerated hardware. “Cloud technology and data security have always been a fascination of mine. As more data moves to a cloud environment, privacy, security, and sovereignty should become a major focal point”, said Dr Ahmed. “My research here at Vault seeks uncover new ways of maximising software, like OpenStack, to provide quicker data analytics and solutions than previously possible on an ASD certified PROTECTED cloud”.  Another objective for this collaboration is to engineer a fully automated deployment of the Vault architecture in a virtualised environment. The challenge Ahmed faces will be to use advanced bypass mechanisms in the Linux kernel to remove software layers and provide a more direct access to the storage, network and computer hardware.

In mid-2018, working with NVIDIA®, Vault released the beta of its latest generation AI capable hardware, which included Tesla® V100 GPUs (an Australian cloud first). “Vault customers get access to the full performance of NVIDIA®’s latest platform for machine learning workloads” said Christoph Dwertmann, CTO at Vault Cloud.

“Investing in new technologies and leading-edge translational research is vital if Australia wants to be at the forefront of global innovation,” said Jason Barkla from CSIRO. “While private organisations are constantly looking at ways to speed up the way data can be analysed on the cloud, the research conducted by Dr Ahmed and Vault with the support of a SIEF STEM⁺Business Fellowship grant will be integral to achieving this.”

Dr Ahmed will be working out of the Vault Canberra office and Customer Experience Centre, which was officially opened on 05 November, 2018.

 

About Vault

Vault is an Australian ASD certified cloud service provider that operates the country’s largest secure, sovereign, hyperscale community cloud for government and critical infrastructure.  Vault’s cloud infrastructure resides in highly secure data centres to provide consistent, fast and scalable performance so that our clients can focus on their core business and scale from development to production rapidly without worrying about security, performance, reliability or capacity.

As an organisation, Vault takes securing the nation’s data and privacy seriously and operates entirely within the legal jurisdiction of Australia and data held is not subject to the laws of a foreign country. Vault is the only Australian Hyperscale cloud built exclusively for security. Taking the needs of organisations into consideration, Vault has engineered high performance systems designed to scale up and scale out to deliver order of magnitude performance on legacy IT systems.

Today Vault is a trusted cloud provider to some of Australia’s most sensitive data and mission critical systems. We have a proven track record in working with major Government agencies and enterprise to move to the cloud as part of their digital transformation journey.

Vault’s services are delivered through partners including Fujitsu, Leidos, RXP, Agile Digital, Accenture, ASG amongst others.

For further information, please visit www.vaultcloud.com.au

 

About The University of Technology Sydney

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS), located in central Sydney, is one of Australia’s leading universities of technology. It is known for fusing innovation, creativity, and technology in its teaching and research, and for being industry-focused. With a total enrolment of more than 40,000 students, UTS is one of the largest universities in Australia. It is rated the number one ‘young’ university in Australia in both the QS and Times Higher Education rankings.

About CSIRO

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. Its innovations contribute billions of dollars to the Australian economy every year. As the largest patent holder in the nation, CSIRO’s wealth of intellectual property has led to more than 150 spin-off companies. For more information visit www.csiro.au

About SIEF

Spanning a history of over 90 years, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) provides grants to science and scientists for the purposes of assisting Australian industry, furthering the interests of the Australian community and contributing to the achievement of Australian national objectives. This unique and esteemed funding arrangement received a substantial gift from CSIRO made possible from proceeds of its fast wireless local area network (WLAN) technology, facilitating the rejuvenated Fund to be a mechanism for significant support of science across the Australian Innovation System.