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Pawsey Centre receives $70 Million for Supercomputing Down Under

Today the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre announced it has received $70 million in funding for a new supercomputing infrastructure. The new machines will replace Magnus, a Cray XC40 considered to be one of the most advanced supercomputers in the southern hemisphere, and Galaxy, a real-time system dedicated to Square Kilometre Array.

Today’s announcement, together with last year’s investment into the National Computational Infrastructure located in Canberra, will strengthen Australia’s position in the global research environment and enable Australia to stay globally competitive,” said John Langoulant, Chair of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. “This is a reflection of the government’s understanding of the value that the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre delivers to the Australian scientific landscape by accelerating innovation and increasing opportunities for engagement between Australian researchers and their peers internationally.

During this new phase, Pawsey staff will continue to engage with Australia’s researchers to identify their needs which will inform the configuration of the next systems. The procurement process for the capital refresh will commence immediately with the intention of new infrastructure being available from 2019.

“It is an exciting time to be at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre”, said Ugo Varetto, Pawsey Acting Executive Director. “The investment in Pawsey will have a positive impact on the Australian research community. The Centre has already been accelerating scientific outcomes and will now be able to solve even bigger scientific problems.”

Pawsey is a collaboration hub. The Centre currently serves more than 1,500 active researchers from across Australia, involved in more than 150 supercomputing projects to deliver scientific outcomes. Nine Australian Research Centres of Excellence benefit from Pawsey’s infrastructure and expertise.
This investment will enable Pawsey to continue to drive innovation and accelerate discoveries in medical science, engineering, geoscience, marine science, chemistry, food, agriculture and more.

In related news, the Pawsey Centre will host the HPC Advisory Council Perth Conference on Aug. 28-29, 2018.

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