Pawsey Centre

The Pawsey Centre is a world-class supercomputing centre, named after pioneering Australian radio astronomer Dr Joe Pawsey. The primary aim of the centre is to host new supercomputing facilities and expertise to support SKA (Square Kilometre Array) pathfinder research, geosciences and other high-end science. The secondary aim is to demonstrate Australia’s ability to deliver and support world-class advanced ICT infrastructure.

The Pawsey Project is the establishment of this centre, consisting of the construction of a 1000 square metre data centre as well as commissioning the initial IT equipment within the centre. The IT equipment includes supercomputers, data storage and visualisation; supporting a complete eResearch workflow.

The $80 million of funding for the Pawsey Centre was announced in the May 2009 Federal Budget under the Super Science Initiative. The Super Science Initiative addresses priority areas from the 2008 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure. The funding comes from the Education Investment Fund (EIF) which is for strategic investment in research infrastructure. Project funding was awarded to CSIRO to build and commission the Pawsey Centre in trust for iVEC, the manager of the Pawsey Centre.

The Pawsey Centre addresses the two priority areas of astronomy and geosciences. It complements the National Compute Infrastructure in Canberra, whose priority areas are climate science, earth systems and national water management.

The Pawsey Centre comprises a purpose-built building, housing supercomputers and associated works at Kensington, Western Australia. It is on CSIRO-owned land adjacent to the CSIRO’s existing Australian Resources Research Centre facility, which is located approximately six kilometres from Perth’s CBD. The Project also encompasses infrastructure housed at iVEC@Murdoch and iVEC@UWA.

The facilities incorporate initiatives to minimise impact on the environment and best practice technologies to reduce energy usage.