The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre


Magnus debuts at #41 on global Top500 list



The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is proud to announce its recently upgraded “Magnus” petascale supercomputer has debuted at #41 on the latest global Top500 supercomputing list, announced today at SC14 in New Orleans.

Achieving 1,097 TeraFLOPS (floating point operations per second) on the Linpack benchmark run, this makes Magnus currently the most powerful scientific supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Magnus, from the Latin for “Great”, is a latest generation Cray XC40 system using state-of-the-art Intel Xeon E5-2690V3 “Haswell” processors running at 2.6GHz, for a total of 35,712 cores.

The system empowers cutting-edge research through high-end supercomputing projects across the entire range of scientific fields supported by the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

“With the debut of Magnus within the world’s top 50 most advanced supercomputers, Australian researchers now have access to true world-class supercomputing capabilities,” says Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Executive Director Dr Neil Stringfellow.

“We are excited to see what groundbreaking research results can be achieved using Magnus.”

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre recently awarded almost 90 million CPU hours on Magnus as part of its Petascale Pioneers Program.

The program encompasses 17 elite projects from national and international researchers, chosen for grand-challenge scientific problems able to take full advantage of the capabilities of the newly upgraded Magnus.

The Petascale Pioneers Program will showcase the previously unimaginable possibilities that Magnus opens up to Australian researchers.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre looks forward to welcoming researchers from across Australia to make use of its resources for years to come.

For more information, please contact David Satterthwaite, Marketing & Communications Manager at or 08 6436 8959.

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