In 2018 the Australian Government awarded $70 million to upgrade Pawsey’s supercomputing infrastructure, on top of the $80 million granted in 2009 to establish a petascale supercomputing facility.
The Pawsey upgrade, as a major part of the national HPC infrastructure, is ensuring Australia continues to enable computationally-intense research.
Pawsey capital refresh is a complex upgrade will be a staged process. Some ancillary systems, including storage and network infrastructure, have been procured prior to the main system.
The delivery of the main supercomputing is expected to occur in two-phases.
The first phase will provide researchers with a system that is at least equivalent in capacity to what they are currently using, with the latest generation of processors and increased memory per node.
During this phase, researchers with an active allocation on Magnus will transition to the new system.
Phase one is due to be commissioned in mid-2021.
The second phase is expected to be in production by mid-2022. It will provide an exponential expansion in capacity and state-of-the-art technology.
You can see all the parts that make the Capital Refresh Project on the infographics displayed at the bottom of this page or they can be download here.
As reported previously, the project reached a significant milestone on 14th November with the release of the Pawsey Supercomputer System (PSS) tender on AusTender.
The tender close date is 2:00pm (Local ACT Time) on Tuesday the 25th of February 2020.
Planning for the evaluation of the tender responses is well advanced with briefings to the evaluation teams to be conducted in February 2020.
Installation of the Cloud Compute Upgrade progressed well during January with acceptance testing scheduled to commence in February 2020, User migration is expected to commence in Q2 2020.
The MWA compute cluster evaluation has concluded with a preferred supplier selected and endorsed. This cluster is expected to commence user migration towards the end of Q2 2020.
The long-term storage RFI is being finalized at present for release in February 2020.
Development of the draft RFQ and supporting documentation for the ASKAP ingest nodes commenced in November and has continued through December and January 2020. The RFQ is planned to be released in Q1 2020.
During December 2019 we saw our focus shift to change management and planning the user migration to the new systems.
The first system to be rolled out will be the upgraded cloud compute. User needs analysis and planning for required Pawsey staff and user training (and support) is occurring at present.
To read the stories published related to the project milestones referred to the information below:
- Pawsey Capital Refresh Boosts Cloud Infrastructure 21/11/2019
- Tender released for Australia’s new research supercomputer 14/11/2019
- Three times more storage and performance for SKA pathfinders 11/11/2019
- Pawsey Capital Refresh – Reference Groups Established 5/04/2019
- New funding to accelerate science and innovation 28/04/2018
Pawsey is committed to engage with its diverse stakeholders and keep it update regarding the procurement. Some of the channels the Centre has established to achieve this are the Pawsey user forums, Capital Refresh Update for potential vendors, Pawsey newsletters and more recently our podcasts.
You can listen to the Capital Refresh Podcast from the list below
- Episode 4: The year that was, the year ahead
- Episode 3: HTC Cloud Procurement
- Episode 2: Capital Refresh Status Update
- Episode 1: What is the Pawsey Capital Refresh?
Find below an infographic regarding the current status of the Project (last updated on 28/02/2020). They can also be download here
Pawsey Capital Refresh Status
Tape library expansion
Additional tape storage has been procured to expand the existing tape libraries from 50 to 63 Petabytes in each library.
Long term storage
Server and hard disk storage and networking will be refreshed, along with the tape library’s total maximum storage capacity. Both ingest and egress data transfer services will be upgraded, improving upload and download times.
Pawsey is partnering with Dell EMC to expand its current cloud system with 5x more memory and 25x more storage to form a new cutting-edge flexible compute system. This expansion aims to better service emerging research areas and communities who benefit more from a high throughput compute.
Astronomy high-speed storage: 3x more storage and performance. The existing Astro filesystem was expanded to service the MWA community. Powered by HPE, it has been upgraded to 2.7 PB of usable space and capable of reading/writing at 30 GB/s. The New buffer filesystem, a dedicated resource for ASKAP researchers, provides 3.7 PB of usable space and is capable of reading/writing at 40 GB/s. It is manufactured by Dell.
High-speed storage filesystems
Designed to deal with thousands of users accessing them at the same time, high-speed filesystems will be procured to increase speed and storage capability to general-purpose science.
The 546 TeraFlops MWA cluster will be a resource better tuned to MWA’s needs, powered by HPE. Procured ahead of the Main Supercomputer, this cluster will allow ASKAP to use the full CPU partition of Galaxy.
The high-speed interconnect ties all the pieces of the Pawsey ‘puzzle’ together. When procured, all parts will sit on the same fabric as first-class citizens, allowing Pawsey researchers to run their workflows quicker.
The remote visualisation capability will be procured as part of the main supercomputer. When the new capabilities become available, researchers will be able to visualise their science in real-time, while being processed. This new capability will allow researchers to steer their visualisation while the data is processing and fine-tuned to the desired outcome.
Delivered in two phases, the Pawsey Supercomputer phase 1 will be delivered by mid-2021, it will provide researchers with a system that is at least equivalent in capacity to what they are currently using. Phase 2 is expected to be in production by mid-2022; it will provide an exponential expansion in capacity and the latest state-of-the-art technology.
Pawsey Data Workflow