The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre




The power of supercomputing allows researchers to do more than just perform their existing work faster – it also unlocks new research avenues that would have been impossible using traditional computing methods.

Our supercomputing team helps researchers understand how a petascale system allows them to consider a new class of problem. The team is about upscaling researchers’ ambitions as well as their applications.

The supercomputing team is drawn from the international community and has a combined scientific-computing experience in excess of 50 years. The team’s activities are focused on providing access to supercomputers and growing the use of supercomputing within the Australian science community.

Services Available

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has complementary supercomputers to reflect different workflows and user requirements.  Our Supercomputing Team assists users across these resources:

  • Magnus. A Cray XC40 Supercomputer, for highly parallel distributed programs.
  • Zythos. A SGI UV2000 shared memory computer, with 6TB addressable memory.
  • Galaxy. A Cray XC30 Supercomputer, used exclusively for radio astronomy.
  • Zeus. A SGI distributed memory cluster, featuring NVIDIA accelerators.

Further information on these supercomputers is available on the Our Systems page.

Training courses on using our supercomputers are available. Further information can be found below, as well as via the user Portal and our Events page.

The Supercomputing Team undertakes various activities, including:

  • Assisting new researchers onto supercomputers.
  • Engaging researchers, communities and disciplines with supercomputing and data-intensive computing.
  • Assisting researchers to streamline and automate their workflows that incorporate supercomputing, data storage and visualisation (with the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Data Team and Visualisation Team).
  • Developing and delivering training material, focused on capability-scale and accelerator computing.
  • Embedding our supercomputing specialists into key research groups for major projects to stimulate capability and to grow supercomputing activities.
  • Promoting success stories through (for example) conferences, presentations, publications, and networking.
  • Running and supporting the Pawsey supercomputers.

How to Access

Access to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre’s systems is obtained by submitting an online application for a project.  Applications for new users can be made at any time of year and are awarded compute time under the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre’s Director’s Share of the systems. Further information is available on the Pawsey User Portal.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre issues calls for applications for production projects periodically, and these are awarded compute time in a competitive merit process. Updates on these calls will be posted on the News page of our website, and sent out through the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre mailing list.


The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre runs regular training courses on advanced computing and other topics. To find out more, please visit the Training page. Details of specific training programs will also be posted on the Events page.