The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre




A petascale supercomputer enables a researcher to generate and subsequently analyse data of unprecedented size and complexity, but this is only the first step in the research process.

Data visualisation (the process of applying advanced algorithms and computer graphics to data) allows researchers to better understand their raw data and translate it into meaningful forms.

These new insights allow researchers to learn something new, to work faster than using simpler techniques to more rapidly identify problems, and to communicate with peers or with a wider audience using visual displays.

Services Available

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Visualisation team provides a package of hardware, software and expertise, to tackle the whole range of visualisation activities that are relevant to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre user community.

Applying visualisation techniques to difficult datasets can require specialist hardware, which can include high end graphics cards for handling large datasets in real-time, novel display technologies to fully exploit the human visual system, and user interface devices to facilitate the interaction. The Pawsey Supercomputing has invested in the following technologies in support of visualisation, they are based across the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre partners but may be freely used by a researcher at any of the partner sites.

  • Stereoscopic 3D displays
  • Immersive hemispherical displays
  • High resolution displays
  • High performance graphics workstations
  • Spherical display
  • Specialist still capture cameras
  • Specialist video cameras
  • 3D capture technology
  • User interface and tracking systems
  • Commercial licenses for a high end visualisation software packages.

How to Access

Our visualisation equipment can be booked and in some cases borrowed via the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Please email here to be put in contact with the necessary staff.