A new supercomputer has been officially launched at Defence Science and Technology Group’s Edinburgh, South Australia site.
According to acting prime minister and minister of defence Richard Marles, the state-of-the-art investment was “up to a million times faster than a standard computer” and will enable the crunching of large data sets to address some of defence’s most challenging scientific and engineering problems.
“…[E]ven more important than the data itself, is the ability to rapidly and reliably analyse and process that data,” said Marles in a statement on Friday.
“This high performance computing facility provides a secure and sovereign capability to do just that.”
The new supercomputer would play an important role in design, development and analysis of modern weapon systems and national security systems, and support key AUKUS priorities, such as nuclear powered submarines, quantum technologies and artificial intelligence.
“Defence acknowledges the assistance provided by representatives of the US Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program who willingly shared their 30 years of knowledge and experience to support Australia’s work to establish this world-class capability,” added Marles.
The new computing infrastructure has been named “Taingiwilta”, meaning “powerful” in the language of the Kaurna people, and is housed in a purpose-built, secure facility dubbed “Mukarntu”, meaning “computer”.
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