12 May 2014 Kensington - iVEC has announced the final details of the second stage of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre hardware that will be installed later this year. The second stage upgrade will see the Pawsey Centre become a petascale supercomputing facility, with the supercomputer "Magnus", a Cray XC30, delivering processing power in excess of a petaflop (one quadrillion floating point operations per second).
"Magnus", a Cray XC30 supercomputer, will provide users with over 35,000 cores, using the future Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family (former codename Haswell), and is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer in the southern hemisphere.
This greatly enhances the future Australian research outcomes iVEC will deliver.
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has been operating since November 2013 and the upgrade marks the beginning of a new era in Western Australian science.
The Centres two Cray XC30 supercomputers, Magnus and Galaxy, are already delivering practical research outcomes across the full range of scientific disciplines, with a focus on radio astronomy and geosciences.
Scientists using the new second stage resources at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre will be able to achieve world-class research outcomes and break new ground in a range of cutting edge areas of research.
The upgrade is the next step in iVEC's continuing dedication to providing the best possible resources and infrastructure for local and national researchers.
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the Super Science Initiative and financed from the Education Investment Fund.