Murdoch computer joins super 100 list

25/11/2010 - 00:00

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A SUPERCOMPUTER housed at Murdoch University has joined the ranks of the world’s 100 most powerful computers.

It is the second fastest computer in Australia behind the National Computational Infrastructure facility in Canberra, which ranked 51st in the world.

The iVEC Hewlett-Packard-developed supercomputer is held in its own Performance Optimised Datacentre (POD) at the university.

“What has been recognised by the ranking is the fact that the supercomputer will enable processing of data at speeds which we have not previously encountered,” iVEC@Murdoch associate director Matthew Bellgard said.

The POD design allows rapid setup compared to similar-sized systems, creating a ‘plug and play’ compute cluster requiring simple connection to networking and power.

The POD is Stage 1A of the $80 million Pawsey Centre project.

The project was commissioned under the federal government’s $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative to establish a petascale supercomputing facility.

Professor Bellgard, said the ranking in the world's top 100 supercomputers confirmed the extraordinary increase in locally available computational capacity.

 

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