- First stage of supercomputer ranks number 87 in the world
- When finished it will be 15 times faster still
- Will support advanced research using the Square Kilometre Array telescope
Western Australia has entered the prestigious ranks of the top 100 supercomputers on the planet, thanks to the installation of a Performance Optimised Data Centre (POD) at iVEC’s Murdoch facility.
iVEC is an advanced computer centre in Perth. It is a joint venture between CSIRO, Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia and is supported by the Western Australian Government.
A global gauge of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, the prestigious Top 500 List has embraced the Hewlett- Packard (HP)-developed POD, which takes its place at number 87 following its delivery to iVEC@Murdoch.
Only one other Australian supercomputer ranks above the POD in the Top 500 list, with the National Computational Infrastructure facility in Canberra coming in at #51.
The POD is Stage 1A of the $80M Pawsey Centre project, commissioned under the Commonwealth government’s $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative to establish a petascale supercomputing facility.
The Pawsey Centre was established with the primary role of hosting new high performance computing facilities and expertise to support SKA (Square Kilometre Array) research and other high-end science.
The SKA will be a huge network of radio telescope antennae, and will be one of the world’s largest scientific facilities. Two regions are bidding for the rights to host the facility: a joint Australia-New Zealand big, and a consortium of countries in southern Africa.
The secondary goal of the Pawsey Centre is to demonstrate Australia’s ability to deliver and support world-class advanced ICT infrastructure and therefore strengthen Australia’s bid to host the SKA, which is critically dependant on advanced ICT.
When complete in early 2013, the final Pawsey Centre’s facilities are expected to operate up to 15 times faster than the POD, and will eventually see it climb to the top echelon of the world’s supercomputing centres and establish Australia’s commitment to supercomputing.
“Australian scientists are now generating massive amounts of experimental data in computationally demanding areas such as radioastronomy, nanoscience, geoscience and life science,” says iVEC@Murdoch Associate Director, Professor Matthew Bellgard.
Adapted from information issued by iVEC / ICRAR / CSIRO.
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