Tenders for Pawsey’s Advanced Technology Cluster
The Advanced Technology Cluster (ATC) is a refresh of Pawsey’s Fornax system which was decommissioned in 2015. Pawsey staff and researchers used Fornax as a technological demonstrator to develop the expertise needed to consult in the design of a petascale system. In the same way that Fornax was the pathfinder for supercomputers Galaxy and Magnus, the ATC will inform the requirements for the eventual replacement of Magnus.
“Pawsey is moving to replace Magnus ahead of its support agreement with Cray expiring, both to take advantage of some of the exciting new technologies available as well as to satisfy the endless thirst of Australian researchers for the compute resources provided by peak compute facilities,” said David Schibeci, Head of Supercomputing at Pawsey.
Pawsey created the tender requirements for the ATC by calling for expressions of interest for the formation of an ATC committee. Research groups from Australian Universities and research institutions with significant projects and requirements with HPC usage applied to join the committee. Selection was based on merit. The ATC committee then collaborated and provided input into the specifications of an ATC system that would best meet the HPC requirements for users.
The Request for Tender called for experienced service providers for the supply, delivery, installation and maintenance of an Advanced Technology Cluster (ATC) for the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
Successful tender applicants will be announced in November.