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2nd of September 2020
New Pawsey ingest nodes for ASKAP
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has awarded a $1 million procurement to HPE for new ingest nodes to support researchers using CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. The ASKAP ingest nodes are one of the most critical components of the pipeline between ASKAP and the Pawsey data store, which houses the telescope’s final data products. The nodes are responsible for receiving data in real time from the correlator located at CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in the Mid West region of Western Australia, and writing the data to disk for processing on Pawsey’s Galaxy supercomputer (pictured above).

The current ASKAP ingest nodes will be replaced with nodes featuring the latest AMD processors designed for data throughput, giving researchers twice as much bandwidth to and from the CPU as the previous generation and more memory channels. Pawsey’s Executive Director Mark Stickells said that this new infrastructure will ensure that Pawsey’s systems can keep up with the torrents of data that will be produced by ASKAP when it commences full sky survey science. The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is an unincorporated joint venture of CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia. (Image and text credit: Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

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