Good News Story - Pawsey Super Computing Centre

Perth’s own national supercomputing centre, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Kensington, has been supporting COVID-19 researchers here in Perth and interstate during the height of the global crisis.

Pawsey’s role in helping speed the work of our scientists on the frontlines comes as a powerful reminder about the value of Australia’s investments in major research infrastructure.

Researchers are accelerating their work on understanding the lineage of the virus, making statistical inferences about potential treatment outcomes, and undertaking targeted molecular modelling and genome assembly for early COVID-19 detection as a result of a joint call in April for researchers to access the advanced computing and data services at Pawsey and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) in Canberra.

The rapid deployability of the Cloud resources means that Pawsey staff have been working with researchers from The University of Western Australia, Monash University, WA Department of Health, the Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics and WA’s own Telethon Kids Institute.

Pawsey provided access to the newly deployed Nimbus research cloud, GPU resources and expertise. COVID-19 projects will have access to allocations of up to 500 cores, with up to 100 TB of storage available for use during 2020 – 2021.

Rapidly advancing the relevant science can deliver real public health outcomes, and the team at Pawsey is proud to be contributing national infrastructure and expertise in a collaborative effort.

Over the last two months Pawsey has continued to progress its major system-upgrade project, a $70m investment in the next generation of supercomputers to replace current flagship systems, Magnus and Galaxy. In April, in addition to standing up a new Cloud system, Pawsey announced a new supercomputer to support the Murchison Widefield Array (a precursor to the international Square Kilometre Array), a world-class project that is pushing the frontiers of science, computing and engineering in order to answer fundamental questions regarding the origins of our universe.

From human health to the origins of the universe, Pawsey enables high-impact research for the benefit of Australia and the world and is an essential part of our national research infrastructure and a key strategic asset in Western Australia.

Pawsey is a joint venture between CSIRO and Western Australia’s four universities and supported by the WA and Australian Governments. A virtual tour of the Centre is online at https://tour.pawsey.org.au/.

Further details about Pawsey’s support for COVID-19 research is available - https://pawsey.org.au/covid19announcement/

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