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Alphawest and Sun to boost Hypersonic Testing Facility at The University of Queensland

  • 24 January, 2005 17:26

<p>SYDNEY, Australia, 24 January 2005. Alphawest (ASX:ALW) announced the deployment of a High Performance Grid compute solution at The University of Queensland (UQ) as part of the establishment of the Queensland Hypersonic Testing Facility.</p>
<p>The solution, consisting of 66 Sun Microsystems Sun Fire™ V20z Dual Opteron Servers, is being deployed as part of UQ’s Computational Molecular Science cluster supercomputing facility to complement the existing 128 nodes Sun Xeon server-based grid.</p>
<p>It will be part of the University’s ongoing research, with support from the Queensland Government’s Smart State Research Facilities fund, into future space technology concepts such as SCRAMjet propulsion and aerocapture.</p>
<p>With a history in hypersonic aerodynamics research spanning 20 years, the University’s Centre for Hypersonics provides international leadership in the ongoing development of hypervelocity test facilities, SCRAMjet propulsion and Rocket flight-testing.</p>
<p>This was demonstrated by the University’s completion of the first successful flight of a SCRAMjet vehicle in 2002 that reached speeds of Mach 7.</p>
<p>UQ researchers are also part of an international project to fly the world’s fastest air-breathing engine – targeting a speed of Mach 10 in 2005.</p>
<p>Specific applications of the new cluster facility include the simulation of rarefied gas-dynamic flows, inlet and combustor design calculations for SCRAMjet vehicles, and optimisation of shock-tunnel nozzle profiles.</p>
<p>Current work that involves very large-scale computation includes the modelling of the extreme aero-thermodynamic environments experienced by re-entry spacecraft and the estimation of operating conditions for the superorbital expansion tubes that are operated by the Hypersonics group.</p>
<p>Detailed molecular simulations of reactive processes will also be carried out to validate and improve the chemical models utilised in current generation Hypersonics simulation codes.</p>
<p>Mark Towers, Alphawest National Manager for Education, said, “Alphawest is proud to provide this solution to the University of Queensland to help support their world-leading research and development into future space technology which has already received significant levels of international recognition.”</p>
<p>“The deployment of this solution further demonstrates the capability of the Sun Opteron platform to provide an excellent High Performance Grid Compute solution. With its support for multiple operating systems, 32 bit and 64 bit architectures, Sun’s Opteron family of products are increasingly delivering significant benefits to our clients nationally,” Towers concluded.</p>
<p>Andrew Boulus, National Manager Education and Research for Sun Microsystems, said, “The deployment by The University of Queensland of this Opteron based Grid, when combined with its existing Sun Microsystems Xeon based Grid provides one of Australia’s leading High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms.”</p>
<p>“Grid computing is a major area of commitment by Sun, and the selection of this solution to support such leading edge research being undertaken by The University of Queensland support our commitment to this area,” said Boulus.</p>
<p>About Alphawest
Alphawest Services Pty Ltd is an IT Services business operating across the Australasian region, focusing on three key sectors of the IT Services market: Information Management, Infrastructure Solutions and Business Continuity.</p>
<p>Alphawest excels in aligning IT systems with a company's business goals for the creation of genuine business value and enjoys strong partnerships with leading organisations throughout Australasia.</p>
<p>Alphawest employs over 400 staff in offices located in Albany, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Bunbury and Singapore.</p>
<p>A Member of the Alphawest Ltd Group, an Australian publicly listed company (ASX:ALW).</p>
<p>About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer(tm)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at</p>
<p>About The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's premier learning and research institutions. It is the largest and oldest university in Queensland and has produced generations of graduates who have gone on to become leaders in all areas of society and industry.</p>
<p>UQ remains the most successful Australian university in winning and being shortlisted for Australian Awards for University and is regularly one of the top three or four research universities in the country.</p>
<p>UQ also is building a cluster of international-quality research centres and institutes that will keep it at the frontiers of emerging research fields, particularly the biosciences.</p>
<p>Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Sun Fire V20z, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.</p>

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