New cloud research to safeguard Australians
UTS collaborates to create a Next Generation AI Cloud for Government and critical Infrastructure
Advance Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning research is the purpose of a new collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and IT, Vault, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) certified secure, sovereign community cloud provider for government and critical infrastructure today, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) SME Connect office.
This research aims to provide Vault customers with a high-performance cloud that is capable of diverse AI, 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, a cloud-computing expert from UTS seconded to Vault on a three-year industry placement. He is supervised by Dr Farookh Khadeer Hussain, also from the School of Software,
As the government invests in cloud migration, there will be significant value in being able to analyse data stored in the cloud. Vault aims to so securely, efficiently and while ensuring citizen privacy expectations are met.
Rupert Taylor-Price, Founder and CEO at Vault says 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 collaboration 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.
I have always been fascinated by cloud technology and data security. As more data moves to a cloud environment, privacy, security, and sovereignty should become a major focal point. My research at Vault seeks to uncover new ways of maximising software, like OpenStack, to provide quicker data analytics and solutions than previously possible.
Any enhancements made to the current OpenStack architecture will be built into Vault’s hardware framework. 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 more direct access to the storage, network and computer hardware.
Jason Barkla from CSIRO says investing in new technologies and leading-edge translational research is vital if Australia wants to be at the forefront of global innovation.
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 Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) STEM⁺ Business Fellowship grant will be integral to achieving this.