Athena: Call for Early Adopters

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is currently in the process of installing the Advanced Technology Cluster, known now as “Athena”, consisting of two emerging technology architectures. These components include an Intel Xeon Phi cluster with a 100 GBps OmniPath interconnect, and a NVIDIA Pascal GPU cluster with a 100 Gbps EDR Infinband interconnect. The two modest size clusters are intended to allow Pawsey researchers to engage with cutting-edge technologies, and inform the eventual capital refresh of the current petascale system.

Pawsey is seeking applications from existing Pawsey users to become early adopters of “Athena”, the Advanced Technology Cluster. Access during this time is aimed at providing time on the system so users can experiment and aid Pawsey in validating and optimising the system in preparation for production use.

The Athena Early Adopter Program will last for several months starting in June and continue until the end of 2017. However, these dates may vary depending on the duration of commissioning and acceptance testing.

It should be noted that as the system will be in pre-production, it may not always be stable or available.

To be eligible as an early adopter, users must nominate a project capable of:

  • generating a high impact research outcome within the early adopter phase by taking advantage of the technologies available in Athena; or
  • investigating the performance of an existing or new scalable application as preparation for future work.

Technical assistance from Pawsey staff will be available during the early adopter phase.

To register your interest, please complete the application form and send to

The deadline for the call is 5pm AWST on Friday the 5th of May.

If you have any questions, please e-mail