Menu
AUT gets a supercomputer, courtesy of Gen-i

AUT gets a supercomputer, courtesy of Gen-i

The supercomputer will support a range of AUT projects, including the international SKA project.

Telecom’s ICT services division Gen-i has donated a supercomputer to AUT University that will now be used to support student learning and boost local and international research for radio astronomy.

The supercomputer had at one time been leased to Weta Digital for rendering work on feature film King Kong, but became surplus to Gen-i’s requirements.

“We were faced with the reality that despite still being very viable equipment, this supercomputer was no longer of use to us.

“It’s always preferable that we donate rather than send equipment to be scrapped for parts, and in this case we’re absolutely delighted that this supercomputer will now be used to boost critical research projects as well as contribute to student learning,” said Tim Miles, Gen-I CEO.

According to the company, the donated supercomputer is made up of 200 IBM HS20 Blade servers and ancillary equipment that work together to provide more than 1.4 teraflops/s of processing power and 0.8 terabytes of RAM.

Most of the high-powered equipment has been moved to Warkworth, where AUT operates two radio telescopes at Telecom’s satellite earth station site.

The remaining servers are located on AUT’s city campus where they will help students studying high performance computing at AUT’s school of computer and mathematical sciences.

“The supercomputer opens up the opportunity for AUT’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) to establish a data correlation centre in Warkworth. The centre would be used to gather data from several radio telescopes undertaking the same observations simultaneously from different countries,” said Professor Sergei Gulyaev, director of IRASR.

“AUT would then use the data for tectonic plate monitoring, determination of parameters of Earth rotation, investigation of physics of active galactic nuclei and quasars, and the study of cosmic masers and star formation regions in the Milky Way galaxy,” he added.

The supercomputer will support a range of AUT projects, including the international SKA project.

AUT will use the supercomputer as the test bed for the SKA design work they’re contributing to. Specifically, it will enable the AUT team to test algorithms and prototyping for the design of the SKA Central Signal Processor and ScienceData Processor.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags gen-iSupercomputertelecomTim Milesradio astronomySKA project

Brand Post

Featured

Slideshows

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Hundreds of leaders from the New Zealand IT industry gathered at the Hilton in Auckland on 17 November to celebrate the finest female talent in the Kiwi channel and recognise the winners of the Reseller News Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) 2020.

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The leading female front runners of the New Zealand ICT industry joined together for the annual Reseller News Women in ICT Awards event at the Hilton in Auckland, during which hundreds of guests celebrated 13 outstanding individuals who won awards, chosen from more than 50 finalists representing over 30 organisations.

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

More than 500 channel leaders gathered in Auckland on 21 October at the ​Reseller News Innovation Awards ​2020 to celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand technology industry's top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners
Show Comments