Pawsey Supercomputing Centre teams with NSCC Singapore to Accelerate Science

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NSCC’s Chief Executive, Professor Tan Tin Wee (left) and Pawsey’s Data Technical Specialist, Mr Mark Gray (right), engage in an arm shake during SCA18, to mark the start of an international collaboration between Singapore and Australia.

The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the fields of supercomputing, networking, data analytics, scientific software applications and visualization.

With our national petascale HPC platform, NSCC’s collaboration with international supercomputing centres such as the Pawsey, will benefit and bring together people and researchers with different skillsets and expertise to solve problems of a scale previously not possible,” said Professor Tan Tin Wee, NSCC’s Chief Executive.

The two supercomputing centres will collaborate in areas such as strategy, best practice and shared experiences in planning, defining, administering, and supporting industry engagement, outreach activities, training and stakeholder management. Governance matters on resource access and sharing, resource allocation, export control, infrastructure accreditation; user support tools and methods; HPC software development and cybersecurity will also be considered.

The two supercomputing hubs are located in the world’s most heavily populated time zone. This international initiative will drive deep and interactive dialogues for both centres, thus allowing a good flow of knowledge transfer to occur between the two neighbouring nations. This will in turn benefit the HPC community within each country.

Both parties have plans in the pipeline which include joint initiatives to optimise researchers’ activities, such as training and code optimisation.

The proximity of the two facilities, similarities in storage solutions, but mostly creative thinking approach to problems, have driven Pawsey’s interest in crystallizing this relationship with NSCC” said Mr Ugo Varetto, Pawsey Acting Executive Director. “We are convinced that this type of initiative will enhance the services each Centre provides, therefore researchers and their outcomes will be impacted. By working together, we aim to continue accelerating scientific discoveries in these two nations for the benefit of humanity.”

Pawsey hosted a booth as part of SCA18, which is the first achievement of this engagement between the supercomputing hubs. This is the first international agreement entered into by the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. It is expected that before the end of the year the Centre will engage in more international alliances, to provide improved services to the Australian research community.

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