High Performance Computing Facility

Massive computing power allows NIWA scientists not only to analyse more data, faster, but to envisage completely new experiments.

NIWA's High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF) is the 'scientific tool' that is enabling New Zealand scientists to work at the forefront of some of the largest scientific challenges facing our nation, as well as underpin our contributions to global research efforts across a wide range of disciplines.

Cray XC50 being installed at NIWA's Wellington campus in 2018. [Photo: Dave Allen]

The HPCF comprises a Cray XC50, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world for scientific calculations. The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) will use the Cray XC50 and its companion Cray CS400 to provide research services that will enable New Zealand scientists to conduct leading-edge research on the environment and climate simulation, as well as computational chemistry, engineering, data analytics and biomedical research among other scientific disciplines.

The Cray XC50 is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world for scientific calculations. The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) will use the Cray XC50 and its companion Cray CS400 to provide research services that will enable New Zealand scientists to conduct leading-edge research on the environment and climate simulation, as well as computational chemistry, engineering, data analytics and biomedical research among other scientific disciplines. The supercomputers will improve scientists’ ability to forecast the impacts of severe weather events such as flooding, storm surge and inundation. They will also be used to model climate change, river flow, ocean levels and wave patterns, to help the country better prepare for the future.

The HPCF is also a component of the National eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) and may therefore be used by any New Zealand scientist.

Massive computing power allows NIWA scientists not only to analyse more data, faster, but to envisage completely new experiments. [Photo: Dave Allen, NIWA]

The Cray XC50 was installed in a custom computer hall at NIWA's Wellington Campus in March 2018, replacing the previous 'FitzRoy' facility that was originally commissioned in 2010.

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