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Pawsey users receive Innovation award

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MWA satellites in the Murchison. Image: John Goldsmith

Pawsey users and Curtin University researchers Professor Steve Tingay and Dr Randall Wayth are part of a team whose groundbreaking work on the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) was recognised at the Thomas Reuters Citation and Innovation awards in Melbourne on Tuesday 23 June.

The team, which also includes Curtin researcher Mark Waterson, received the award for their innovative work on the MWA project, a cutting-edge low frequency precursor serving as an important technological demonstrator for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) that is also generating impressive scientific results in its own right.

The MWA was the first SKA precursor to enter operation, placing the Curtin and UWA-led project at the forefront of international radio astronomy.

In just under two years of operation, the MWA was produced almost six petabytes of data – enough to fill 12 million average computer hard drives.

The MWA antennas in the Murchison produce data at a rate of approximately 60 gigabits per second that are processed real-time on site. This data is then transmitted over a dedicated 10 Gbps fibre network to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, where it is archived and curated for future access and processing.

The Thomas Reuters award recognises the significant achievements of the Curtin University team that the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is proud to have helped enable.

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