The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is a world-class supercomputing centre in Kensington, Western Australia. It hosts new facilities, expertise and infrastructure to support advanced research in astronomy and geoscience.
What research does the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre support?
The main aim of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is to host new supercomputing facilities and expertise to support Square Kilometre Array (SKA) pathfinder research, geoscience and other high-end science.
It also aims to demonstrate Australia's ability to deliver and support world-class advanced information and communication technology infrastructure.
The Centre addresses two priority areas of astronomy and geoscience. It comprises a purpose-built building which houses supercomputers and associated works at Kensington, Western Australia.
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is one of two national research supercomputing facilities, along with the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). NCI’s priority areas are climate science, earth systems and national water management.
How is the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre funded and managed?
The $80 million of funding for the Centre was announced in the May 2009 Federal Budget under the Super Science Initiative.
Project funding was awarded to CSIRO to build and commission the Centre in trust for iVEC, the manager of the Pawsey Centre. iVEC has since rebranded to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is a joint venture between CSIRO and four partner universities and is supported by the Western Australian Government and aims to develop research and the uptake of:
- Large-scale data storage
The Centre is on CSIRO-owned land adjacent to the CSIRO’s existing Australian Resources Research Centre facility.