The Pawsey Centre is an internationally significant supercomputing facility, located in Perth, Western Australia (WA), and designed to boost Australian research in new and innovative ways. Established in 2000 as a joint venture between WA's four public universities and CSIRO, it is the longest running and most successful venture of its type in Australia
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre comprises 'Magnus', Australia's brand new, world-class petascale computer; world-first cooling and sustainability technologies; and state-of-the-art training and support services;
With its focus on innovation, the centre contributes to a range of national projects, connecting scientists and providing them with new technologies such as Virtual Laboratories and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Research Cloud. The centre also supports the national Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project to create an Australia-first archive to preserve past and present research data for future generations.
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre helps research across a wide range of scientific disciplines, although its primary focus is on Geoscience and Radio Astronomy:
- Radio Astronomy: The Pawsey Centre is an integral part of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the largest scientific project in history, cementing Australia's place as an important global hub in sceince and radio astronomy.
- Geoscience: The Pawsey Centre connects reseaerchers across Australia to develop novel methods of identifying, locating and extracting minerals and resources to make Australia a world leader in state-of-the-art resource recovery to help safeguard the nation's future economic prospority.
Access to the supercomputing facilities is currently managed by iVEC which also provides support to students and industry personnel, researchers, academics and scientists through training, scholarships and workshops on advanced computing and research and development opportunities.
The centre is supported by $90 million government funding under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and related programs through the Department of Education. The Centre would also like to acknowledge the support provided by the WA government and its partner organisations.