Thursday, 14 October 2021 19:04

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre signs deal with Finland's CSC

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre signs deal with Finland's CSC Pixabay

Western Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre and Finland's CSC – IT Centre for Science have signed a deal to collaborate on advanced computing solutions to improve global research efficiencies.

A statement from Pawsey said CSC would, this year, become the host site for the LUMI supercomputer, a pre-exascale machine for processing big data.

It claimed the data centre where LUMI is to be situated would be designed in such a way as to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Pawsey's latest HPE Cray EX supercomputer, known as Setonix, has peak processing power of 50 petaFLOPs. As iTWire has reported Phase 1 of its installation was completed in the third quarter of 2021, with the second phase due for completion by the second quarter of 2022.

CSC – IT Centre for Science is owned by the Finnish state and higher education institutions and provides internationally high-quality ICT expert services for higher education institutions, research institutes, culture, public administration and enterprises.

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Mark Stickells and Kimmo Koski. Supplied

Pawsey executive director, Mark Stickells, signed the memorandum of understanding in Perth during a live call to CSC managing director, Kimmo Koski in Espoo, Finland.

Stickells said the agreement reflected Pawsey’s collaborative nature as an internationally recognised supercomputing research facility.

“This partnership will help both centres deliver advanced solutions to national and global research, with large impacts on researchers and their scientific outcomes," he said.

"By working together, we [will] take another step forward in accelerating scientific discovery and aiding humanity”.

Koski said: “Bearing in mind the international nature of science, we are excited about this partnership which will foster the use of HPC globally.

"We are looking forward to make the most out of LUMI, and this memorandum of understanding supports our endeavour towards this goal.”

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