Australia Pumps Another $70 Million Into Tier-1 Supercomputing

The Australian government has committed $70 million in funding for a next-generation number cruncher at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, located in Perth, Western Australia. The investment will enable the tier-1 center to replace its flagship supercomputer, Magnus, as well as the real-time supercomputer, Galaxy — both of which are nearing end-of-life.

Magnus is a 1.1-petaflops (Linpack) Cray XC40 machine that is one of the most advanced supercomputers in the southern hemisphere, facilitating research in medical science, engineering, geoscience, marine science, chemistry, food, agriculture and more. Companion system Galaxy supports the operational requirements of the Australian Square Kilometre Array (SKA) pathfinder telescopes.

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