Pawsey is strengthening international relationships

Singapore’s NSCC and Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Centre sign an MOU to boost HPC scientific collaboration


A/Prof. Tan Tin Wee, Chief Executive National Supercomputing Centre Singapore
A/Prof. Tan Tin Wee, Chief Executive National Supercomputing Centre Singapore minutes after signing the MOU with Mark Gray, Pawsey Data Technical Specialist at the Pawsey booth.

The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the fields of supercomputing, networking, data analytics, scientific software applications and visualisation.

As part of SupercomputingAsia 2018 (SCAsia 18), that took place last week in Singapore, Pawsey and NSCC have worked together to sign an MOU that will underpin the beginning of the two Centres’ collaboration to deliver better, faster and more innovative scientific outcomes for the benefit of both nations.

The signing ceremony took place at the Resorts World Convention Centre, Sentosa, Singapore.

According to the agreement, the two facilities will collaborate on areas such as strategy, best practice and shared experiences in planning, defining, administering, and supporting industry engagement, outreach activities, training and stakeholder management. Governance matters on resource access and sharing, resource allocation, export control, infrastructure accreditation; user support tools and methods; HPC software development and cybersecurity will also be considered.

The two supercomputing hubs are located in the world’s most heavily populated time zone and this collaborative initiative will contribute to both facilities’ status in the Asia-Pacific high performance computing sphere and will ensure a knowledge transfer flow between the two neighbouring nations.

The parties are also planning on carrying out joint initiatives to optimise researchers’ activities, such as training and code optimisation.

“The proximity of the two facilities, similarities in storage solutions, but mostly creative thinking approach to problems has driven Pawsey’s interest in crystallising this relationship with NSCC” said Mr Ugo Varetto, Pawsey Acting Executive Director. “We are convinced that this type of initiative will enhance the services each Centre provides, therefore researchers and their outcomes will be impacted. Working together, we aim to continue accelerating scientific discoveries in these two nations for the benefit of humanity”.

Pawsey hosted a booth as part of SCA 18, which is the first achievement of this engagement between the supercomputing hubs.

This is the first international agreement entered into by the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. It is expected that before the end of the year the Centre will engage in more international alliances, to provide improved services to the Australian research community.