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NCI scores Raijin replacement and aims for top 25 supercomputer

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The National Computer Infrastructure (NCI) at the Australian National University (ANU) has picked up AU$70 million in the Australian government's Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) to help replace its Raijin supercomputer, which NCI described on Monday as "rapidly nearing the end of its service life". The funding will be delivered as AU$69.2 million this financial year, and a further AU$0.8 million next year. NCI said in a statement that it hopes the new supercomputer will be ranked in the top 25 globally when it is commissioned in early 2019. "The new NCI supercomputer will be a valuable tool for Australian researchers and industry, and will be central to scientific developments in medical research, climate and weather, engineering, and all fields that require analysis of so-called big data, including, of course, astronomy," ANU vice-chancellor professor Brian Schmidt said. Raijin, which NCI boasts as the most powerful supercomputer in the southern hemisphere rated at 1.67 petaflops, was upgraded with four IBM Power System servers purchased in December 2016.


Australia-Singapore supercomputing agreement signed

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Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) of Singapore that will see both facilities work together on supercomputing, networking, data analytics, scientific software applications, and visualisation. According to Pawsey, the MOU between the two facilities marks the start of their collaboration plan, which is aimed at delivering "better, faster, and more innovative" scientific outcomes for the benefit of both Australia and Singapore. Based in Perth, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is a national supercomputing joint venture between the CSIRO, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, and the University of Western Australia. It focuses on areas such as nanotechnology, radio astronomy, high energy physics, medical research, mining and petroleum, architecture and construction, multimedia, and urban planning. The MOU is expected to enable the flow of knowledge between both centres, with Pawsey noting such knowledge transfer will in turn benefit the high-performance computing community within each country.


CSIRO's new AU$4m supercomputer will be something to Bragg about

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has kicked off the hunt for a new supercomputer to replace its existing Bragg accelerator cluster, a system the organisation currently uses to solve big data challenges in fields such as bioscience, image analysis, fluid dynamics modelling, and environmental science. According to CSIRO's acting deputy chief information officer for scientific computing Angus Macoustra, Bragg's replacement will be capable of "petaflop" speeds to support the broad range of projects undertaken by the organisation's researchers. Over 780k email addresses reportedly exposed in Capgemini leak of Michael Page data NAB shifting towards a continuous digital delivery strategy House of Reps Committee reopens Australian'innovation and creativity' inquiry OAIC told of 94 My Health Record-related breaches in 2015-16 Optus pins 10 percent profit decline on termination rates and Sport launch House of Reps Committee reopens Australian'innovation and creativity' inquiry Bragg is accessible to any of the research projects within the organisation, with Macoustra noting the CSIRO also makes the system available to external partners on request. "There is a pretty diverse range of projects that the computer is expected to support. Materials research do a lot of GPU-based computing, similarly climate modelling, chemical screening, pharmaceutical screening -- there's a whole variety, a multitude of applications," Macoustra told ZDNet.


Pawsey gets AU$70m to upgrade two supercomputing clusters

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The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Western Australia has announced receiving AU$70 million in funding from the federal government. The Pawsey centre is an unincorporated joint venture between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, and the University of Western Australia. It currently serves over 1,500 researchers from across Australia, involved in more than 150 supercomputing projects. The multimillion-dollar injection will be used to replace the centre's Magnus and Galaxy supercomputers, which are both nearing their end of life. Magnus is a Cray XC40 petascale system, which as of September 2016 was the most powerful public research supercomputer in the southern hemisphere.


Australia's NCI gets supercomputing systems from IBM for AI and analytics

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The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), Australia's national research computing service, has purchased four IBM Power System servers for high performance computing in a bid to advance its research efforts through artificial intelligence, deep learning, high performance data analytics, and other compute-heavy workloads. With 35,000 researchers in total on its books, the NCI operates as a formal collaboration of the Australian National University, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), and Geoscience Australia, as well as through partnerships with a number of research-intensive universities that are supported by the Australian Research Council. Turnbull's agile struggle is all glitz and no grunt Australian government to continue focus on digital delivery in 2017 Australian ISPs to block piracy sites from the pocket of content owners TPG outbids MyRepublic to snag Singapore's fourth telco license Turnbull's agile struggle is all glitz and no grunt Friday's announcement follows a development process NCI undertook with the IBM Australia Development Laboratory and its Linux and Open Technology team. According to NCI, the development lab provides OpenPower development capability and locally develops IBM's Power System firmware, with the decision to purchase the new servers strongly influenced by its direct access to the local IBM Power development team, NCI said. "In order to tackle the challenges of today's world -- from cancer to climate change -- organisations need accelerated computing that can drive big data workloads," said Mike Schulze, director for IBM Australia Development Laboratory. "NCI plays a critical role in supporting some of Australia's largest research projects, and this new system and architecture will be key for it to achieve higher levels of performance and greater computing efficiency."