The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre was proud to welcome a visit by Western Australian Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett yesterday, Wednesday 27 May, to announce $21.6 million of funding in the 2015-16 State Budget.
The operational funding, which runs until 2020-21, allows the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to continue providing world-class resources and expertise in supercomputing, data and visualisation and recognises the WA Government’s significant commitment to cementing the State’s place as a scientific computing hub.
In a statement, the Premier said “The State’s long history of support has enabled the centre to become one of the most successful and long-standing eResearch organisations in Australia.
“The State’s ongoing investment is necessary to attract and retain the highly specialised and technical staff needed to run the facility and to train the next generation of data scientists in high-performance computing capacity.”
The Western Australian Government has contributed operational funding to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre since it was established as iVEC in 2000.
Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Executive Director Dr Neil Stringfellow says the continued funding will allow the Centre to maintain the resources and staff expertise necessary to empower cutting edge Australian research.
“Thanks to this funding, local and national researchers will continue to have access to not only the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere, but also the expertise they need to maximise their research results and provide the greatest possible benefit to WA.”
For more information, please read the Premier’s media release.