The iVEC@Murdoch Supercomputer, ranked number 87 in the world and the second largest supercomputer currently in Australia, was launched today at Murdoch University by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr.
The iVEC@Murdoch Supercomputer is part of an $80m Federal Government Super Science initiative to boost Australia’s strength in radio astronomy, geoscience, nanotechnology and life science.
Senator Carr said the supercomputer illustrates Australia’s ability to deliver and support world-class advanced information and communication technology infrastructure.
“The supercomputing facilities promote world class research into areas such as energy exploration and agriculture production that will greatly enhance our national prosperity and quality of life,” Senator Carr said.
The new supercomputer makes a quantum leap in terms of the speed at which researchers will be able to process data. It is housed in a self-contained energy efficient module from Hewlett-Packard known as a POD.
A number of early adopter researchers are currently trialling the iVEC@Murdoch Supercomputer’s capabilities before it is made available to the wider Western Australian and Australian scientific communities.
The cluster is an 87.20 TeraFLOPS system comprising of 9600 processors and 500 terabytes of storage. The Supercomputer is connected to iVEC's Metropolitan Area Network, which operates at 10 gigabits per second.
iVEC is an unincorporated joint venture of CSIRO and the four public WA universities, charged with leading Western Australian scientific supercomputer efforts.
Murdoch University has taken a leading role in increasing Australia’s supercomputer resources by hosting the supercomputer, providing enhanced research outcomes to scientists Australia-wide.