Resilient Networks and Distributed Computing

Resilient Networks Laboratory

The Resilient Networks Laboratory is based within the Centre for Knowledge and Interaction Technologies (CKIT) and has a focus on resilient communication between mobile devices, including phones and pads, robots and vehicles, and even our Brain Computer Interface Wheelchair.  The lab also researches the use and optimization of fixed but distributed and heterogenous computing resources – often both at the same time!

Resources and facilities available include CSEM's High Performance Computer, Colossus. This HPC has 1152 x86 cores + 8 NVidia Tesla GPUs). We also make use of the facilities of eResearch @ Flinders and eResearch SA as well as other national and international facilities. Of particular note is a collaboration with Hunan University in the exploitation of their top end Tianhe (Milky Way) supercomputer.

Current Activities


  • Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen – Principal Investigator and Contact Person
  • Prof. David Powers – Principal Investigator
  • Prof. John Roddick – Principal Investigator
  • Dr Martin Luerssen – Principal Investigator
  • Romana Challans – Principal Investigator
  • Jennifer Hampton - Serval Project Inc. Project Manager
  • Jeremy Lakeman - Senior Developer & Software Quality Lead
  • Watcharachai Kongsiriwattana – PhD Candidate
  • Adham Atyabi – PhD Candidate
  • Tom Anderson – PhD Candidate
  • Humayra Ali – PhD Candidate
  • Simon Lang – PhD Candidate


Significant Publications by Lab Members

Sharman, Darryl K. and Powers, David M.W., 1999. Hardware System Simulation. In R.Buyya, High Performance Cluster Computing: Programming and Applications, Vol 2 (pp395-417), Prentice-Hall, 1999, ISBN 0-13-013785-5. Republished 2001 in Chinese (pp. 293-308), Publishing House of Electronics Industry (PHEL), Beijing, China, ISBN 7-5053-6785-4.


Recent Publications

Refereed journal articles

Adeyeye, M. & Gardner-Stephen, P.M., 2011. The Village Telco project: a reliable and practical wireless mesh telephony infrastructure. EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, 2011(78), 1-11.

Yean-Fu Wen, Tom A. F. Anderson, David M. W. Powers (2012), On energy-efficient aggregation routing and scheduling in IEEE 802.15.4-based wireless sensor networks, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Refereed conference papers

Gardner-Stephen, P.M. & Palaniswamy, S., 2011. Serval mesh software-WiFi multi model management. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Wireless Technologies for Humanitarian Relief, 71-77.

David M W Powers, Adham Atyabi and Tom Anderson (2012), MAGIC Robots - Resilient Communications, IEEE Spring World Congress on Engineering and Technology

David M W Powers and Adham Atyabi (2012), The Problem of Cross-Validation: Averaging and Bias, Reptition and Significance, IEEE Spring World Congress on Engineering and Technology

Humayra Binte Ali, Rezaul Karim and David M.W Powers (2010), Modeling and verification of Extensible Authentication Protocol for Transport Layer Security in Wireless Lan Environment. ICSTE 2010

Recent Successes

  • Prof. Derek B Leinweber, Prof. David L Adelson, Prof. Corey J Bradshaw, Prof. Alan Cooper, A/Prof. Jim Denier, Prof. John F Roddick, Enhancement of South Australian high-performance computing facilities, ARC LIEF Grant $430,000.
  • Prof. David M W Powers, Prof. Kenli Li, Prof. Yijia Cao, Research on multiple biological sequences alignment using GPU and CPU, Hunan-Flinders seed grant, $30,000.
  • Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen, 2011-2012 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship $400,000.
  • Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen, NLnet Foundation grants, EUR50,000.
  • Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen, New America Foundation Open Technology Initiative Commotion Project grant, $140,000.
  • Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen, New America Foundation $101,000.

Relevant Courses and Topics

Bachelor of Computer Science

Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems)

Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics)

Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Technologies)

Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics)

Bachelor of Engineering (Software)

Bachelor of Information Technology

Master of Engineering (Electronics)

COMP2762/8762 Operating Systems
COMP2772/8772 Web-based Systems Development
COMP4701 Advanced Enterprise Security
COMP4702 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Groupware
COMP4717 Mobile Application Development
ENGR2782/8782 Computer Networks
ENGR4708 Scalable Computing
ENGR4709 Real Time Systems
ENGR4741 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENGR4751 Embedded Systems Architecture