Likely research areas include weather and climate modelling, computational chemistry, particle physics, astronomy, material science, microbiology, nanotechnology and photonics.
The supercomputer – which boasts the processing grunt of 56,000 desktop computers – will according to the ANU have the power to perform 170,000 calculations per second for each of the seven billion people on the planet. It will also hold 12 petabytes of storage – the equivalent of 240 million four drawer filing cabinets filled with documents.
Separately, the NCI will also host one of the nodes for the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) research cloud which is now being constructed. The University of Melbourne is leading that $47 million Super Science initiative and last month announced that Xenon had been selected to supply the infrastructure for the first node.
ANU, Monash University and Queensland Cyber Infrastructure will host next three nodes of NeCTAR.