Acting Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles has officially launched an advanced supercomputing capability at the Defense Science and Technology Group site at the Edinburgh Defense Precinct in Edinburgh, South Australia.
The first of its kind in Australia, the state-of-the-art high-performance computing capability is up to a million times faster than a standard computer and will allow Defense Scientists to analyze large datasets and perform rapid complex calculations to tackle some of the toughest scientific and engineering problems in defence.
Defense supercomputing capability will play a critical role in the design, development and analysis of modern weapons systems and national security systems, and will be essential to support key AUKUS priorities, including sub -nuclear-powered sailors, quantum technologies and artificial intelligence.
High performance computing capability is expected to drive the development of disruptive solutions, and the department is actively recruiting to increase the workforce supporting the capability.
The new IT infrastructure is known as ‘Taingiwilta’, which means ‘mighty’ in the language of the Kaurna people, and is housed in a purpose-built secure facility called ‘Mukarntu’, which means ‘computer’.
“For much of the work done by our Defense scientists, data is critical,” Marles said. “But more important than the data itself is the ability to quickly and reliably analyze and process that data. This high performance computing facility provides a secure and sovereign capability to do just that. High-performance computing capacity not only provides Australia with a sovereign capability that allows us to pursue activities in our national interest, but it also gives us a solid foundation for even closer collaboration with partner countries. Defense acknowledges the assistance provided by representatives of the US Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program who voluntarily shared their 30 years of knowledge and experience to support Australia’s work to establish this capability. world class.