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Funding for supercomputer to support SKA science

The federal government will invest AU$33 million in a supercomputer for the Pawsey Centre in Perth in order to support SKA (Square Kilometre Array) research and other high-end science.

The supercomputer will be operational in March 2013 and will process data generated by the SKA and the Pathfinder radio telescopes, the government said on 20 July.

“This supercomputer is a critical tool for the Australian scientific community that will increase our research capacity in a range of fields, including radio astronomy, the geosciences and in nanotechnology and biosciences,” said science and innovation minister Chris Evans.