The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre


Pawsey Open Day 2016




Family friendly Open Day at the Pawsey Centre on Saturday 20 August (as part of the National Science Week).

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Open Day will be held on Saturday 20 August 2016, as part of National Science Week. The Open Day is a great opportunity to meet with Pawsey experts and discover what goes on behind the scenes about BIG SCIENCE in Australia. This event will bring together researchers, industry representatives, students and the general public to learn all about supercomputers, their history, the benefits they can bring to society and the outcomes that Pawsey systems are delivering to help Australian growth and advancement.

Program highlights include:

A family-friendly event which includes tours through the centre, a sausage sizzle and children’s face painting.

There will be presentations from researchers to provide more of an understanding of radio astronomy, archaeology, medical sciences and other fields of research. You will also be able to find out more about the history of supercomputers.

You will be able to take a tour of the exhibition space at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and hear all the amazing stories resulting from the use of Pawsey systems and contemplateMagnus the fastest supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere through the viewing screen and take selfies. For visitors over 15 years of age, you will be able to participate in a tour of the ‘white space’ where the supercomputers themselves are located.

Free parking will be available at the ARRC carparks, at 26 Dick Perry Avenue.

As spaces are limited, please book a tour so that you will be able to gain access to the world of Big Science and Supercomputing.

Click here to book your tour.

Feel free to download the poster to share the event in your community.

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Kids’ Competition – Design your own Supercomputer

As part of the Pawsey Centre Open Day, a “Design your own Supercomputer” competition will be run throughout the day.

Answer three questions for your chance to win a “Raspberry Pi” and start building your own supercomputer! A Raspberry Pi is a small, hand-held computer. Originally designed for education, it was inspired by the 1981 BBC Micro.

Download contest form here.

Contestants must be under 17 years of age. Entries must be filled in by the contestant and be original. To be valid, entries must be deposited in the “Design Your Own Supercomputer” competition box located at the Pawsey Open Day Event on 20th August, 2016. Entries will be judged on creativity and a passion for uncovering the secrets of the universe we live in – science! The winning entry will be judged by a panel of Pawsey staff.

The winner will be announced during the first week of September 2016. The parent/guardian on the winning entry will be contacted via email. The parent/guardian and the contestant named on the winning entry will be featured in an article on and will need to be available in September for a photo and prize collection at 26 Dick Perry Drive, Kensington, WA, Australia.

You can also download the competition poster and share it in your community.