12 episodes

Welcome to the Pawsey Capital Refresh Podcast. The purpose of this podcast is to:1. Communicate updates and changes to the procurement of Pawsey’s $70 million capital refresh from 2019-2022 (projects completion)2. Remain transparent and accountable in Pawsey’s use of this government-granted funding3. Develop a platform that can be used as a call to action for feedback on the projectThe team aim to release an episode every six weeks with an update from the appropriate procurement lead.We also encourage you to complete a survey after listening to the podcast, to ensure the team are providing you with the information you want to hear.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Capital-Refresh-Podcast

Pawsey Capital Refresh Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

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Welcome to the Pawsey Capital Refresh Podcast. The purpose of this podcast is to:1. Communicate updates and changes to the procurement of Pawsey’s $70 million capital refresh from 2019-2022 (projects completion)2. Remain transparent and accountable in Pawsey’s use of this government-granted funding3. Develop a platform that can be used as a call to action for feedback on the projectThe team aim to release an episode every six weeks with an update from the appropriate procurement lead.We also encourage you to complete a survey after listening to the podcast, to ensure the team are providing you with the information you want to hear.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Capital-Refresh-Podcast

    Podcast 13 - #Setonix Migration and Training

    Podcast 13 - #Setonix Migration and Training

    The first phase of Setonix is now in acceptance testing at Pawsey, meaning in the first few weeks of April 2022, the Centre will be preparing the system for its researchers. 

    This preparation includes Pawsey staff gaining experience with the technology and preparing the migration, documentation and training process for Pawsey researchers. 

    With over 120 projects ready to get their hands on Setonix Phase 1, we have fine-tuned the new system’s onboarding for Pawsey researchers.

    This podcast covers everything you need to know, to migrate to Setonix, Pawsey's new #supercomputer and all the training and materials that will be made available to you.

    Additional resources:
    - Contact Pawsey Helpdesk: help@pawsey.org.au
    - Migration training: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmu61dgAX-aZtRMDKQCM9nn0CnwSVrdJo
    - Pawsey training and events page: www.pawsey.org.au/events
    - Capital refresh update page: https://pawsey.org.au/about-us/capital-refresh/

    • 16 min
    Episode 12 - A year in (p)review

    Episode 12 - A year in (p)review

    Join Aditi, Stacy and Mark as they discuss all of the major milestones the Pawsey Capital Refresh achieved in 2021, and what the year ahead in 2022 looks like. 
     
    What happened in 2021:  
    Dell and Xenon were awarded the contracts for Acacia and Banksia providing researchers with 130PB of multi-tier storage at the Centre.   Pawsey underwent thorough networking and building upgrades to support the installation and running of Setonix, Acacia and Banksia  We commissioned Joey, our baby quokka, the test and development system for Setonix  The PaCER program kicked off at Pawsey with some major achievements, including:  Liam Scarlett, a Future PaCER postdoc was named ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year for his work in developing a theory and a suite of computer programs that is capable of producing the most detailed database of electron-molecule reaction probabilities to date.  PaCER’s Principal Investigator of the EXESS project, Dr Giuseppe Barca and his team have set a new world record for quantum chemical calculations, using a supercomputer to predict the chemical reactions and physical properties of molecular systems with tens of thousands of atoms.The inaugural PaCER Conference, P’Con, kicked off with international speakers across a range of high-performance computing, hardware and data topics  The big one – we welcomed the arrival Phase 1 of Setonix, Pawsey’s new HPE Cray EX Supercomputer; we had the pleasure of hosting Margaret Whitehurst a Wajarri Yamatji artist, at the Centre, who signed her artwork printed on Setonix.   On the topic of phase one, as we wrapped up the year, we announced the successful Pawsey supercomputing project allocations for 2022.  What's in store for 2022:  
    Setonix marks a step-change in Pawsey’s supercomputing firepower – the system will deliver 30 times more computing power than its predecessors and be at least ten times more energy-efficient Q1 2022, testing is expected to be complete for Setonix, Acacia and Banksia and they will go into production  We will be announcing migration dates and training opportunities from March 2022 – (listen out for our next podcast for more information) Supply chain issues and COVID-19 have prompted us to review and adapt to personnel and workforce mitigation  Phase 2 of Setonix will be delivered in a number a small expansions rather than 1 big expansion More information regarding the timing of these staged expansion will become available in the coming months Pawsey's new visualisation room and high-end visualisation services are now available to researchers Pawsey’s visualisation lab and services have undergone major changes in the last year The new lab features a 4.8m wide stereoscopic 3D Sony CLED display with HDR and almost perfect contrast It's perfect for large scale data visualisation and analysis, as well as serving as a collaborative space for researchers The call for us to support your visualisations will be opening soon, contact help@pawsey.org.au to access these services or find out more  Pawsey's training and engagement will undergo refurbishment as we anticipate growth in these areas during researcher migration Acknowledgement of Paul Nicholls, ex-Pawsey director and current board member who is moving to the University of Queensland 

    • 18 min
    Episode 11 - Welcoming Setonix

    Episode 11 - Welcoming Setonix

    Setonix is the name of Pawsey’s new supercomputer being delivered by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as part of the biggest upgrade to the Pawsey computing infrastructure since the centre opened in 2009. Setonix will deliver up to 50 petaFLOPs, or 30 times more compute power than its predecessor systems Magnus and Galaxy, to help power the future high-impact Australian research projects.

    Setonix Phase 1 hardware arrived at Pawsey in September 2021.  Phase 1 will provide a 45 percent increase in raw compute power in one-fifth of the size compared with the Magnus and Galaxy systems.

    Setonix is being built using the HPE Cray EX architecture, featuring significantly increased compute power and more emphasis on accelerators with future-generation AMD EPYC™ CPUs and AMD Instinct™ GPUs, and including expanded data storage capabilities with the Cray Clusterstor E1000 system.

    Setonix will be at least ten times more energy efficient than its predecessors Magnus and Galaxy, while providing a 30-fold increase in raw compute power. The supercomputers are cooled by a groundwater cooling system specially developed by CSIRO for the supercomputing centre, which is offset by a 118kW solar photovoltaic system.

    Reflecting Setonix role in processing radio telescope data from space, Australia’s fastest supercomputer is clad in a beautiful representation of Aboriginal astronomy that dates back thousands of year, an artwork produced by Wajarri Yamatji artist Margaret Whitehurst.

    The first look at Setonix reveals cabinets that continue the theme of Indigenous art casing that began with Magnus.

    Wajarri Yamatji visual artist Margaret Whitehurst produced the artwork for Setonix, inspired by the stars that shine over Wajarri country in Western Australia’s Mid-West.

    • 17 min
    Pawsey unveiling a super-fast tribute to the quokka

    Pawsey unveiling a super-fast tribute to the quokka

    FULL TRANSCRIPT: http://bit.ly/2NRxoMB

    The world’s friendliest animal will lend its name to Australia’s fastest new research supercomputer, with the Pawsey Centre confirming its new system will be named Setonix – the scientific name for the quokka. 

    Join Pawsey's Executive Director, Mark Stickells, and Stacy Tyson, the Centre's Project Manager; as we discuss the announcement of Pawsey's new supercomputing system - Setonix; highlights of 2020 and what we can expect in 2021.

    • 9 min
    Episode 8 - Announcing the new Pawsey Supercomputing System

    Episode 8 - Announcing the new Pawsey Supercomputing System

    The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has selected Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to deliver its new supercomputer, which will power future high-impact Australian research projects by delivering 30 times more compute power than predecessor systems Magnus and Galaxy.

    Join a group of guests for this episode to learn all about the new system, what it means in the global arena, and what it means for Australian researchers. 
    Pawsey’s new system will be built using the HPE Cray EX supercomputer, with expanded data storage capabilities through the Cray ClusterStor E1000 system, significantly increased compute power and more emphasis on accelerators with future-generation AMD EPYC™ CPUs and AMD Instinct™ GPUs.
    The new supercomputer will be at least 10 times more energy efficient than its predecessors Magnus and Galaxy. For the 30-fold increase in computing power, Pawsey expects the new system’s energy requirements will only increase by 50 per cent once the system is fully commissioned.
    Read the full announcement here: https://pawsey.org.au/powering-the-next-generation-of-australian-research-with-hpe/

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    • 26 min
    Episode 7: PACER, accelerating researchers in the new era of supercomputing

    Episode 7: PACER, accelerating researchers in the new era of supercomputing

    Episode 7 of the Pawsey Capital Refresh podcast focuses on the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre for Extreme scale Readiness (PACER) program, which is coming soon to advance Australian computational researchers and prepare them for the next era of supercomputing, in time for Pawsey's new supercomputing system.

    PACER will involve the application adaptation and optimisation of selected, significant challenges of science on an extreme scale.
    PACER will prepare researcher's code optimisation, application and workflow readiness by running a Grand Challenge Problem; for projects running on a previously unavailable scale on the next-generation supercomputer.
    The PACER program is targeted at various computational and data science areas. We are looking at projects that can make a significant impact on a given scientific computing discipline by developing and optimising new algorithms for large scale simulations, data processing, machine learning or visual analysis.

    To solve these problems, Pawsey will co-fund Australian postdoctoral or PhD positions, embedded within a subset of successful PACER projects. These positions will work to solve computational problems in collaboration with researchers, Pawsey HPC experts (nationally and internationally), hardware and software vendors for selected projects.

    For more information, visit https://pawsey.org.au/pacer-preannouncement/

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    • 7 min

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