CSC partners with Pawsey in Australia

Mark Stickells, Executive Director of the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center, signing the MoU in Perth, Western Australia, and Kimmo Koski, Managing Director of CSC, signing the MoU at CSC's headquarters in Espoo, Finland.

Mark Stickells, Executive Director of the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center, signing the MoU in Perth, Western Australia, and Kimmo Koski, Managing Director of CSC, signing the MoU at CSC’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Photo: CSC website.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center in Western Australia and CSC – IT Center for Science in Finland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a partnership to achieve strategic global goals.

The two organizations aim to implement a fruitful exchange of information about supercomputing exclusively for peaceful purposes to advance research and development, solve highly advanced computing solutions, and improve global research productivity and efficiency.

In 2021, CSC will host the LUMI supercomputer, a pre-exascale machine for processing big data with European software solutions and Finnish innovation in data center design, making the LUMI data center one of the most ecological data centers in the world. LUMI will also become one of the world’s best-known scientific instruments for the 2021-2026 lifespan.

Setonix, is Pawsey’s latest HPE Cray EX supercomputer. With a peak of 50 petaflops of computing power, it will be by far the fastest research supercomputer in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

Both LUMI and Setonix are based on the same unprecedented supercomputing architecture, meaning that this collaboration provides mutual benefit in an exchange of ideas, best practices, research optimization, training, industrial use of high performance computing (HPC) and links between HPC and scientific instruments.

The foundation of both supercomputers is based on GPU acceleration, enabling high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, high-performance data analysis and visualization.

The partnership also commits to identify opportunities to improve the operational efficiency of each of the parties, and to provide better support to globally distributed research teams.

Pawsey’s Executive Director, Mark Stickells, signed the MoU in Perth, Western Australia during a live chat with CSC’s General Manager, Kimmo Koskic in Espoo, Finland.

Mark Stickells said the agreement reflects Pawsey’s collaborative nature as an internationally recognized supercomputing research facility.

Mark Stickells said: “This collaboration will help both centers deliver cutting-edge solutions for national and global research, with major implications for researchers and their scientific results. By working together, we are taking another step forward in accelerating scientific discovery and increasing the helping humanity”.

Kimmo Koski said: “Considering the international nature of science, we are excited about this collaboration that will advance the use of HPC worldwide. We look forward to getting the most out of LUMI, and this MoU supports our pursuit of this goal.” .”

About Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center

The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center is a world-class high-performance computing facility that accelerates scientific discoveries for Australian researchers. Pawsey will be home to Australia’s most powerful Tier 1 research supercomputing facilities, supporting science of national and international importance, such as the Square Kilometer Array through its predecessor projects, the ASKAP and Murchison Widefield Array telescopes.

The center serves more than 1,600 researchers who achieve unprecedented results in fields such as radio astronomy, energy and resources, engineering, bioinformatics and health sciences.

Pawsey’s work enables science and accelerates discovery to help scientists meet tomorrow’s challenges with answers today.

About CSC – IT Center for Science

CSC – IT Center for Science is a Finnish center of expertise in information technology owned by the Finnish state and higher education institutions. We provide international high-quality ICT expert services for higher education institutions, research institutes, culture, public administration and companies.

One of the pan-European pre-exascale supercomputers, LUMI, is located at CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland. Visit LUMI at

This article was first published on October 14 by CSC.

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