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Supercomputer ­shers in New Era of Australian Research


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The Magnus supercomputer.

Magnus, the most advanced scientific supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere, has broken the petaflop barrier.

Credit: Jack Dongarra

The Pawsey Supercomputing Center's Petascale Pioneers program recently installed the final stage upgrade for Magnus, the most advanced scientific supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. The upgrade resulted in Magnus breaking the petaflop barrier.

Magnus is an eight-cabinet Cray XC30 supercomputer that features more than 35,000 cores using Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and 95 TB of memory.

The center has awarded almost 90 million central-processing unit-hours for pioneering research projects, but it still has nearly three times more requests for time than it can accommodate. The projects chosen under the program focus on areas of research from geoscience to astrophysics, chemistry, and bioinformatics. The projects were accepted based on their ability to take advantage of the state-of-the-art technologies provided by the Pawsey Supercomputing Center and Magnus. Projects were specifically chosen for grand-challenge scientific problems that would be impossible without the immense processing power of petascale supercomputing.

"In addition, we are pleased to enable collaborative research projects between local and international researchers," says Pawsey executive director Neil Stringfellow.

From ARNnet (Australia)
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