A huge network of optical fibre runs underground across Australia, delivering the internet on light pulses. Optical fibre is very sensitive to vibration, making it an option for recording the Earth’s tremors.
AARNet’s partnership with supercomputing centres, universities and research institutes allow researchers to connect to some of the fastest supercomputers in Australia and undertake globally competitive research.
NRENs supported the Data Mover Challenge 2021, an annual international competition that brings together experts from industry and academia and tests their software and solutions for transferring huge amounts of research data.
A research team used telescopes around the world, including CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope – Murriyang, to complete the most challenging tests yet of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, and found it holds true.
To help Australia transition to a lower emissions economy, researchers at Griffith University are using the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and AARNet to explore new materials for more efficient green energy production.
While astronomers tackle the largest research area possible – the entire universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere – just a few telescopes around the world provide much of the data they study to uncover the secrets of the universe’s celestial objects.