|Global Collaboration Network||Integration with Ambassador Advisory Network|
|Partner and Affiliate program||Integration with Ambassador Advisory Network||✓|
|Co-development program||Integration with Ambassador Advisory Network||✓|
|Summer and Winter programs||✓||✓|
|Salons and teatime sessions||✓||✓|
|Academic programs||Priority Access||✓|
|Research to Communication program||Priority Access||✓|
|Digital Asset Locker||Priority Access||✓|
|HPC platform||Priority Access||✓|
|Research support||Priority Access||✓|
|Infrastructure programs (FABRIC hank node, Open Storage Network etc)||Priority Access||✓|
|Right to host events at Consortium forums||✓|
|Inclusion on Consortium led contracts||Priority inclusion through Ambassador Advisory Network||✓|
|Ambassador Advisory Network||✓|
|Distribution of Consortium Member’s marketing material||✓|
|Monthly classes events and workshops||✓||✓|
|Academic programs||Priority Access||✓|
Cirrus FOUNDRY Fund
The Global Collaboration Network is responsible for proactively developing and managing substantive collaborative relationships covering all that the Cirrus has to offer, from research and talent to start-up development.
As the collaboration efforts are focused on solving real world problems, relationships with industry are essential to ensure that faculty and students are engaged in relevant work. These complementary relationships benefit the corporate participants, universities and broader society through development of talent, knowledge and application.
The Affiliate program will enable corporate entities to interact with Cirrus and take advantage of a variety of programs and activities. The Partner program supports close engagement with a small number of corporate entities and is focused on active research collaboration.
The Affiliate program will enable corporate entities to interact with Cirrus and take advantage of a variety of programs and activities including:
The Partner program supports close engagement with a small number of corporate entities and is focused on active research collaboration. Partnerships under the Partner program are tailored to ensure mutual benefit and include all the benefits of the Affiliate program, with the addition of:
The Co-development program is a collaborative program spanning academia and industry focusing on the co-development of Cirrus related infrastructure.
This includes collaboration with hardware and software providers to support integrated solutions that amongst other things, improve performance, reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.
The Open Learning program is to ensure all material originating from Cirrus and used in the teaching of Cirrus internal courses will be made freely available, including through the web.
These in person one-week and two-week programs are intended for faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, professionals, and others who would like to gain an understanding for their respective fields, new research directions, and industry applications.
Salons and teatime sessions are open gatherings for the exchange of knowledge and ideas intended to facilitate the growth and development of a vibrant AI community.
Inspired by the enlightenment-era salons, the monthly salon will provide an opportunity to bring all Cirrus participants together in a face-to-face exchange of ideas through conversation, devoid of modern entanglements such as PowerPoint presentations and time constraints.
Teatime sessions will be organised on a weekly basis as talks/presentations/show-and-tell on various topics pertaining to AI. All material from the session will be made available online.
The Academic programs are intended to substantially improve undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate student opportunities through the following:
The 12-month program will be similar to spending a year in a Masters or PhD program in machine learning. Residents will read papers, work on research projects, and will be encouraged to publish their work. By the end of the program, residents will have significant research experience in machine learning. Residents will have the opportunity to be mentored by scientists and engineers from various teams within Cirrus and will work on real world machine learning problems and applications. In addition, they will have the opportunity to collaborate and partner closely with various research and applied groups across Cirrus. Typical candidates will have a BS, MS or PhD or equivalent experience in STEM field such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Engineering or Materials Science. However, applications will not be restricted to these fields, as the interest is in individuals who are motivated to learn and have a strong interest and passion for machine learning.
In this 5-month program interns will collaborate with scientists and engineers to design, implement and evaluate machine learning algorithms and techniques. Interns will engage in team collaborations to meet research goals, report and present research findings and developments. Interns will bridge the gap between research and products by integrating new fundamental research into applied projects and identifying interesting real world problems to research. This program will be targeted at interns that are studying towards a PhD in machine learning or a related field and are in their penultimate or final year of study.
The 12-month program is for graduating PhD students, ideally suited for those wanting to become leaders in the field. The program provides the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, both theoretical and applied, providing the necessary expertise prior to moving into industry or a faculty position.
The post holder will have considerable freedom to pursue novel research projects within Cirrus areas of interest, either individually or in collaboration with team members. There is also the opportunity to have research outcomes realised in new products and services through the Cirrus FOUNDRY.
The postdoctoral position provides the opportunity to:
Postdocs will have a PhD in a relevant discipline and the ability to contribute at the leading edge of research, or in its application.
The duration of the Assistantship program will vary depending on the requirement. It is designed to combine specialised technical skills with research experience in order to enable innovative research. The Assistantship program will therefore provide the capability to support projects where specialised analysis, visualisation, or development skills will enhance a project or are required for its success.
The Assistantship position provides the opportunity to:
The duration of this program is based on continued business need, availability of funding, and satisfactory job performance. Assignments may include:
The Research to Communication (RtC) program is a program to assist researchers in ensuring research is clearly and concisely conveyed to a broad audience. Such communication skills are of vital importance and Cirrus will therefore offer programs to researchers that provide assistance and coaching to enhance their presentation skills in communicating the results of their work.
Digital assets consist of reusable software components and workflows that have been designed and validated.
They are designed for use in similar applications while being flexible enough to be adapted to address new applications in the future. The digital assets will be available to access through various options including:
Cirrus will establish a sandbox environment. The sandbox environment will be utilised to train and test models too large for a conventional desktop or laptop and not large enough to warrant deployment on the Cirrus High Performance Computing (HPC) platform. The sandbox environment will also be used to prototype scaled down versions of models prior to running on the Cirrus HPC platform.
Cirrus will establish a state-of-the-art HPC platform. This platform will be utilised for modelling efforts requiring substantial computing resources and is designed to support ground-breaking research in AI. The Cirrus computing platform will be developed in close collaboration with hardware and software providers resulting in a platform that provides cutting edge performance, reduces energy consumption and improves energy efficiency.
Cirrus engineering teams utilising the Cirrus infrastructure will work together with university to support cutting edge research. This includes:
FABRIC is a unique national research infrastructure to enable cutting-edge and exploratory research at-scale in networking, cybersecurity, distributed computing and storage systems, machine learning, and science applications. It is an everywhere programmable nationwide instrument comprised of novel extensible network elements equipped with large amounts of compute and storage, interconnected by high speed, dedicated optical links. It will connect a number of specialised testbeds (5G/IoT PAWR, NSF Clouds) and high-performance computing facilities to create a rich fabric for a wide variety of experimental activities.
It is the intention to connect the Cirrus HPC platform to the FABRIC testbed and establish the “hank” node for Africa. Additional information on FABRIC is available at: https://fabric-testbed.net
Open Storage Network (OSN) is a distributed data storage service providing petabytes of shared, easily accessible storage to support active data sharing and transfer between academic institutions, communities and projects, leveraging existing infrastructure. OSN facilitates scientific and scholarly research by improving data access and the re-use of high-value, high-impact datasets capable to accelerating discovery and generating synergies across new and existing science projects.
Cirrus intends to host an OSN pod. These pods are petabyte-sized distributed storage units with minimal administrative overhead, capable of high-throughput, high-speed large volume data transfers. Additional information on OSN is available at: https://www.openstoragenetwork.org/
Tier 1 Consortium Members will be allowed to host events at Consortium events and the Consortium will promote such events to attendees and in event marketing material.
Tier 1 Consortium Members will be prioritised for inclusion on Consortium led contracts including grant submissions.
The Ambassador Advisory Network is a forum for Ambassadors to aid the Consortium through the following actions:
Cirrus will maintain and distribute marketing material, use cases, and position papers from Tier 1 Consortium Members. The Consortium will work to ensure such material are distributed to other Consortium Members and non-members as appropriate and promoted at Consortium hosted events.
University students, researchers and faculty, will be able to visit the Cirrus FOUNDRY each month for classes, events, and workshops.
Monthly classes, events and workshops will provide:
There are three Cirrus FOUNDRY Academic Programs.
In this 5-month program interns collaborate with scientists and engineers to design, implement and evaluate machine learning algorithms and techniques. They will also collaborate with entrepreneurs, financiers, and product managers. Interns engage in team collaborations to meet product goals and bridge the gap between research and products by integrating new research into applied projects and products. Interns will be studying towards a PhD in machine learning or a related field and are in their penultimate or final year of study.
In this 12-month program residents actively contribute to start-ups in the Cirrus FOUNDRY. By the end of the program, residents will have significant experience of working in a real world start-up. Similar in nature to the Cirrus Residency Program, but incorporates a greater diversity of fields including finance, law, project management, marketing, communications and MBA’s. Targeted at individuals who are motivated to learn and have a strong interest and passion for the real world application of machine learning, particularly in a start-up context.
Corporate participants in the Cirrus ecosystem will work with the Cirrus FOUNDRY start-ups to provide industry-specific knowledge and resources to reduce the latency in bringing innovations to market in addition to providing entrepreneurs with added visibility and mentorship. Corporate participants will also gain insight into transformative new technologies and business opportunities.
For the majority of investments capital will be allocated at the pre-seed stage, with investments of up to 250 000 USD. The FOUNDRY Fund will also follow a lead investor in seed rounds, with investments of up to 500 000 USD.
The FOUNDRY Fund will invest in startups that have:
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