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The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), housed at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, processes data-intensive computations, such as climate change, earth system science, and life sciences research.
The facility is home to one of Australia's fastest supercomputers, Raijin, as well as file systems, research cloud, and data catalogues.
Lindsay Botten, director of the NCI and an ANU professor, claimed that Raijin is the Southern Hemisphere's first petaflop supercomputer, which contains 160TB of main memory and more than 300 software packages.
The NCI recently signed a AU$2 million deal with NetApp to install a range of flash storage arrays. This delivered the NCI with an additional 11 petabytes of raw storage capacity.
The NCI uses an evaporative cooling unit to keep the facility cool. The unit evaporates the hot air out from the facility, before recycling it into cool air.
As part of the cooling system, the NCI has water tanks that can hold 10 minutes' worth of cool water that drains at 75 litres per second, which is equivalent to filling a 50,000-litre swimming pool in 10 minutes.
In case of a power failure, the facility has two generators: One for the supercomputer, and the other for the rest of the facility. The generators can go from idle to producing maximum output within 26 seconds of a power failure.