WA research lab buys new supercomputer

Summary:Advanced computing and research facility iVEC has purchased a new HP plug-and-play supercomputer built into a shipping container.

Advanced computing and research facility iVEC has purchased a new HP plug-and-play supercomputer built into a shipping container.

iVEC has purchased a new supercomputer from HP, built inside a shipping container.(Credit: HP/iVEC)

The "Performance Optimised Datacentre", or POD, from HP incorporates blade servers and 500 terabytes of storage into a shipping container and is capable of 107 teraflops (1 teraflop = one trillion floating point operations per second).

The POD will provide a boost in computing power available to the radio astronomy, nanoscience and geoscience communities.

The datacentre will be located at Murdoch University's Centre for Comparative Genomics, complementing iVEC's existing infrastructure on-site.

iVEC works with the CSIRO and four public universities as an advanced computing and research initiative, based out of Western Australia.

The POD purchase is part of the Commonwealth Government's $1.1 billion "Super Science" initiative and the $80 million Pawsey Project.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Data Centers, Storage, Tech Industry

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