Tuesday, 02 June 2020 10:19

Supercomputer named in honour of Ngunnawal people to mark reconciliation week

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The artwork for the new supercomputer. The artwork for the new supercomputer. Supplied

Australia's biggest supercomputing facility, NCI, which is housed at the Australian National University has named its newest research supercomputer with a name from the language of the Ngunnawal people of the Canberra region to mark National Reconciliation Week.

A statement from NCI said the machine, named Gadi (meaning "search for") would also have its own artwork designed by renowned Ngunnawal artist Lynnice Letty Church.

The naming has been done in consultation with the United Ngunnawal Elders Council.

The artwork represents the coming together of western and Indigenous knowledge systems, guided by Ngunnawal Elders over many generations, according to Church.

NCI said Gadi "perfectly encompasses NCI's mission of scientific research and high-performance computing: to search for knowledge that can make the world a better place through enabling innovative world-class research".

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Renowned artist Lynnice Letty Church next to the artwork. Supplied

Said Church: "The art symbolises the gathering of knowledge from different places and sources, and the bringing together of an even greater collective knowledge system."

NCI director Professor Sean Smith said: "We are proud to be able to make this connection between the traditional owners of the Canberra region and its newest tool of scientific discovery.

"It is a great honour for the computational research community to have such a perfectly suited name and artwork as the face of Australia's new supercomputer."

The Gadi supercomputer has been funded with a $70 million Australian Government NCRIS investment and delivered by Fujitsu Australia.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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