The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is proud to announce the beginning of a new chapter in its operation and a significant leap forward in Western Australian science with the launch of the new Pawsey Supercomputing Centre brand and its fully operational Magnus supercomputer on Friday December 5.
The launch cements WA’s status as a global technological leader, with the state now having access to the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the world-class resources and expertise provided by the Centre.
The Hon. Donna Faragher MLC, representing the Western Australian Government, launched both the newly upgraded Magnus and the announcement of iVEC rebranding as the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
Joining her was Chief Scientist of Western Australia Professor Peter Klinken, as well as Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Chairman John Langoulant AO.
Professor Klinken spoke of the pivotal role of supercomputing and in particular the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre for the advancement of Western Australia in the 21st century.
“This launch signifies not only the next step in the evolution of our organisation, but also for science in Western Australia,” says Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Executive Director Dr Neil Stringfellow.
“Scientists from across the State and the nation can now access the 41st most powerful supercomputer in the world, right here in Perth.
“Magnus and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre will help power elite research across key scientific disciplines for WA, including radio astronomy, geoscience, medicine and bioinformatics.”
As well as the launch of the fully operational Magnus, the event also saw the beginning of the rebranding of iVEC into the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
After fourteen years of successful operation as iVEC, the organisation has decided to align itself with the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre name.
“By rebranding to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, we are able to make the most of the potential of this world-class facility,” says Dr Stringfellow.
“Today’s launch of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre name, and the world-ranking Magnus supercomputer is just the beginning for our organisation and for Western Australian science.”
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