Western Australia Minister for Commerce Bill Marmion
State Budget 2010-11: Million-Dollar Boost For High Performance Computing
Victor P Taffa
Commerce Minister Bill Marmion today announced funding of $3.616 Million in the 2010-11 State Budget for Western Australia’s Interactive Virtual Environments Centre (IVEC).
Mr. Marmion said this funding would contribute to the operational requirements of IVEC’s Pawsey High Performance Computing Centre for SKA Science.
“Last year the Federal Government announced funding of $80 Million over four years to establish the Pawsey Centre, which will house a supercomputer capable of performing computational science almost 55,000 times faster than a typical PC.” the Minister said.
“The centre will significantly boost Australia and New Zealand’s chances of securing the $2.5 Billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a revolutionary international radio telescope for the 21st century.”
“It will also help process and manage the large amounts of data from the Australian SKA Pathfinder radio telescope which CSIRO is currently building.”
“The Pawsey Centre will help build a high performance computing hub in the State that will support high-end research in many disciplines, including nanotechnology, biotechnology, geoinformatics, engineering and atomic physics.” Mr. Marmion said.
“The State Government’s funding will go towards the operational costs of the centre, including employment of staff to manage and deliver the services from the facility.”
IVEC encourages and supports the research and adoption of high performance computing, large scale storage, high speed communications, scientific visualisation through grid technologies and eResearch services.
IVEC is headquartered at the Australian Resources Research Centre in Bentley and is an unincorporated joint venture between CSIRO, Curtin University of Technology, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University.