National collaboration advances computing power for bioinformatics

Australian BioCommons has entered into an access agreement with the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre boosting access to high end supercomputing for life science research nationally. The partnership offers life science researchers an unparalleled level of access to high-end supercomputing resources, including 10 million core hours of supercomputing, cloud, GPU, and data services, as well as comprehensive support and help desk assistance.

The agreement between the BioCommons’ lead agent, the University of Melbourne, Pawsey and CSIRO will make Pawsey’s state-of-the-art resources more available than ever before to life scientists across the country.

“By providing biologists with flexible access to powerful computing resources, we are breaking down a major barrier to scientific progress. This agreement formalises our longstanding relationship and empowers the bioinformatics community, encouraging bioinformatics researchers to take advantage of high-performance computing resources.”
Dr Sarah Beecroft
Life Science Applications Specialist, Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre

Australian BioCommons will directly manage these projects, initially activating access through the Australian BioCommons Leadership Share (ABLeS). Pawsey’s recent HPC technology refresh also offers new impact-focused schemes and additional resources for eligible researchers, offering even greater potential for innovation and impact.

About Pawsey

The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre is an unincorporated joint venture between CSIROCurtin UniversityMurdoch University and The University of Western Australia.  It is supported by the Western Australian and Federal Governments.

Pawsey is Australia’s leading High Performance Computing facility whose primary function is to accelerate scientific research for the benefit of the nation.

Our service and expertise in supercomputingdatacloud services and visualisation, enables research across a spread of domains including astronomy, life sciences, medicine, energy, resources and artificial intelligence.

Data is stored close to supercomputers, allowing seamless analysis.  The adjacent, remote rendering capability allows real-time visualisation of simulations and data.

We provide support to students and industry personnel, researchers, academics and scientists via seminars and symposia covering data, visualisation and supercomputing, as well as training, internships and workshops covering advanced computing and research and development opportunities.

About Australian BioCommons

The Australian BioCommons is an ambitious new digital infrastructure capability that is enhancing Australian research in its ability to understand the molecular basis of life across environmental, agricultural and biomedical science.

This large-scale investment in digital infrastructure is ensuring Australian life science research remains globally competitive, providing access to the tools, methods and training researchers require to respond to national challenges such as food security, environmental conservation and disease treatments.

The BioCommons is informing the development of a new capability for the estimated 30,000 publicly funded bioscience researchers in Australia, and investigating and providing recommendations for the services and tools that are needed to make sense of data on subjects such as DNA sequencing, proteomic and metabolic analysis at scale.