Telecommunications company, Macquarie Telecom, will host the ‘Orange’ research-dedicated supercomputer in its Intellicentre 2 (IC2) datacentre as part of an agreement with e-research services organisation, Intersect Australia.
Macquarie Telecom will provide both high-density co-location and hosting services necessary to power and cool and 30-plus teraflops of processing power of Orange.
Intersect will operate the SGI high-performance computing (HPC) system out of IC2. Its resources will be offered ‘as-a-service’ to 11 major Australia universities for ‘Big Data crunching’ and data-intensive research into fields including genetic sequencing, clean energy production, and simulation of tropical cyclone formations.
“This investment marks a significant milestone on Intersect’s infrastructure roadmap to boost the calibre of home-grown science and research with high-performance and elastic computational capacity,” Intersect Australia chief executive officer (CEO), Ian Gibson, said.
“Being able to host two world-class supercomputers would be a challenge for most infrastructure environments, but we’re convinced that Macquarie Telecom’s datacentre architecture and expertise can support the research priorities of Australian universities for many years to come.”
According to New South Wales (NSW) chief scientist and engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, hosting such computing resources in Australia is essential for the nation’s research to thrive in an increasingly competitive global landscape.
“While we’re among the leaders of scientific discovery in several fields globally, we need to escalate our commitment if we want to ensure valuable discoveries continue in the ensuing years,” O’Kane said. “This deal represents a best-case situation where all elements of computing, infrastructure and funding have combined to move that commitment forward.”