ASKAP gains Early Adopter access to supercomputer

An external view of the iVEC Pawsey Centre. Credit: iVEC.

19 September 2013

Recently, the iVEC Pawsey Centre in Perth saw successful installation of its supercomputing facilities - which include partitions for multi-purpose research and real-time processing of radio astronomy data from major facilities, including CSIRO's ASKAP telescope.

The iVEC Pawsey Supercomputing System is comprised of a number of integrated solutions including real-time compute and storage (provided by CRAY), tape storage (HDS), a hierarchical storage management system and data analysis engine (both SGI).

Having performed pre-acceptance tests of the system, members of the ASKAP Computing team are now using iVEC's new general purpose petascale system – the main CRAY supercomputer known as Magnus – as part of the Early Adopter program.

A large part of the dedicated 'ASKAPsoft' software has been ported and tested, including the ASKAP simulator and imager, which were used to simulate and process a cut-down ASKAP-style dataset.

The ASKAP Central Processor has arrived at the iVEC Pawsey Centre and is currently being installed.

Recently, the MWA (Murchison Widefield Array) – an international project also underway at the MRO – officially started observations and commenced usage of the iVEC Pawsey Centre, thanks to a dedicated high-speed network link that has been installed between the MRO and Perth.

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