Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre (Pawsey)

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About this Provider

Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre is a leading Australian research supercomputing facility empowering researchers with cutting-edge supercomputing, visualisation, and data analysis services. Pawsey is also home to the National Supercomputer Quantum Hub.

Setonix, our exascale class supercomputer, ranked the most powerful and energy-efficient in the Southern Hemisphere, is condensing years of research into minutes.

Our expert staff offers training to help researchers harness the power of our systems. We also invest in the future through internship programs, fostering the next generation of researchers.

We provide dedicated expertise to research projects, to tackle global challenges, from advancing medicine and climate science to unravelling the mysteries of the universe.

Pawsey operates as an unincorporated joint venture of CSIRO, Curtin University, Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia (Core Members), and Edith Cowan University (Founding Associate Member). The centre is funded by the Australian and the Western Australian Government and its partner organisations.

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Pawsey supports Australian-based researchers from universities across the nation, research institutions, and government organisations.


There are a number of ways to access Pawsey’s High Performance Computing (HPC) systems and data storage for research including advanced data sharing capabilities. We provide expert assistance in the use of these systems for research and offer opportunities for co-design in algorithm and workflows for science.


Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre provides Australian researchers with infrastructure and expert support in supercomputing, scientific visualisation, data management, and storage. Most recently the team has developed expertise in quantum computing.

Our team of experts are skilled in optimising computational workflows, developing parallel algorithms, and implementing high-performance computing (HPC) solutions. We provide comprehensive training and education programs to empower researchers in leveraging advanced computing technologies for their projects.

Experts at Pawsey understand the complexities of managing large and complex scientific datasets. They offer guidance on data storage solutions (Acacia and Banksia), data organisation, and workflow optimisation.

Pawsey’s visualisation team possesses skills in translating complex data sets into clear and insightful visuals. They can advise researchers on visualisation techniques, software tools, and hardware resources (remote and in-lab) to create informative and compelling visualisations that aid in communication and discovery. This includes expertise in remote visualisation, VR, and user interface design for data exploration.

As Australia’s first Supercomputing Quantum Computing Hub, Pawsey has developed inhouse expertise in this emerging field. Our quantum experts are tasked with identifying the best tools that can be made available for researchers’ workflows and in the integration process of the current quantum infrastructure and Setonix.


The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre enables science and accelerates discovery, and we do this by bringing together the critical infrastructure, expert staff, sector knowledge, and focus needed to solve pressing problems in every field.

Our Expertise:

  • Supercomputing: We offer specialised knowledge and services in high-performance computing, giving researchers access to cutting-edge processing power.
  • Scientific Visualisation: We help researchers translate complex data into clear, insightful visuals, aiding in discovery and communication.
  • Data Management & Storage: Our team ensures researchers can effectively store, organise, and access their massive datasets.
    Based on the data, three types of Data Services are available, Pawsey projects are granted project storage, with a 1TB allocation shared among all members. Private storage is granted to Pawsey compute and visualisation projects, with a 100GB quota not shared. Managed storage covers storage requirements exceeding the maximum project amount and collaborative use-cases requiring sharing research data.


Unleashing Research Potential:

  • Training and Education: Our expert staff provides training programs to help researchers get the most out of Pawsey’s capabilities.
  • Next-Gen Scientists: We support specific university programs in Western Australia and run a National Summer Internship Program, connecting researchers with talented Master’s and PhD students for collaborative projects.


Scientific Visualisation

Data management and storage

Training and Education

National summer internship


Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre is your gateway to tackling the most demanding scientific challenges. We offer a comprehensive suite of resources, including Australia’s most powerful supercomputer, Setonix, extensive data storage and management solutions, and advanced scientific visualisation tools – all backed by a team of expert staff ready to support your research journey.

Supercomputing Powerhouse: Setonix

  • Architecture: HPE Cray EX system with over 200,000 AMD EPYC™ 7A53 compute cores across 1,600 nodes, delivering a peak performance of 42 PetaFLOPS (42 quadrillion floating-point operations per second).
  • Hybrid Power: Leverages both CPUs and AMD Instinct™ MI300 GPUs for a balanced approach to tackling diverse scientific problems. This allows researchers to exploit the strengths of each architecture for optimal performance.
  • Efficiency Champion: Setonix is ranked as the greenest supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere, utilising a water-cooling system for efficient heat dissipation.
  • Merit-Based Access: Access to Setonix is granted via competitive merit schemes, ensuring researchers with the most impactful projects can leverage this powerful resource.

Data Storage and Management:

  • Acacia (Warm Tier): This 130 Petabyte, multi-tier Dell storage system provides disk-based storage ideal for active research projects requiring fast access and scalability. Acacia boasts the title of the world’s largest research-focused object storage system.
  • Banksia (Cool Tier): For large, infrequently accessed datasets, Pawsey offers Banksia, an offline storage solution powered by Xenon. Banksia utilises mirrored libraries (2x 70 Petabytes each) for data redundancy and security.

National Supercomputing Quantum Computing Hub,:
Pawsey houses Australia’s first Supercomputing Quantum Computing Innovation Hub, positioning itself at the forefront of this groundbreaking technology. Here, researchers can explore the potential of quantum computing alongside traditional supercomputing resources:

  • World’s First Room-Temperature Diamond Quantum Computer: This on-site quantum computer, developed in partnership with Quantum Brilliance, allows researchers to explore the potential of diamond-based quantum technologies.
  • NVIDIA® CUDA Quantum Platform: Pawsey is currently integrating the NVIDIA® CUDA Quantum platform, accelerated by NVIDIA Grace Hopper™ Superchips. Researchers will soon have access to leverage CUDA Quantum — an open-source hybrid quantum computing platform that features powerful simulation tools, and capabilities to program hybrid CPU, GPU and QPU systems — as well as, the NVIDIA cuQuantum software development kit of optimized libraries and tools for accelerating quantum computing workflows.

Scientific Visualisation:

  • Turning complex scientific data into clear, insightful visuals is crucial for scientific communication and discovery. Pawsey’s visualisation team provides researchers with the tools and expertise to achieve this:
  • Remote Visualisation Environments: Access high-performance visualisation capabilities remotely via dedicated Linux-based environments on Setonix and Windows-based environments on Nebula.
  • Visualisation Lab: Conduct in-lab visualisation work using dedicated hardware resources, including high-end graphics cards and novel display technologies.
  • Virtual Reality Capabilities: Explore immersive data exploration possibilities with access to remote virtual reality tools.

Empowering Research Excellence:

Hybrid CPU/GPU Supercomputing

Quantum accelerators and emulators

Disk-based storage

Offline Storage

Remote visualisation

Visualisation lab


Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre provides Australian researchers with expert support in supercomputing, scientific visualisation, data management, and storage. Most recently the team has developed expertise in quantum computing.
Supercomputing: Our team of experts is skilled in optimising computational workflows, developing parallel algorithms, and implementing high-performance computing (HPC) solutions. We provide comprehensive training and education programs to empower researchers in leveraging advanced computing technologies for their projects.
Data Management & Storage: Experts at Pawsey understand the complexities of managing large and complex scientific datasets. They offer guidance on data storage solutions (Acacia and Banksia), data organisation, and workflow optimisation.
Scientific Visualisation: Pawsey’s visualisation team possesses skills in translating complex data sets into clear and insightful visuals. They can advise researchers on visualisation techniques, software tools, and hardware resources (remote and in-lab) to create informative and compelling visualizations that aid in communication and discovery. This includes expertise in remote visualisation, VR, and user interface design for data exploration.
Quantum Computing: As Australia’s first Supercomputing Quantum Computing Hub, Pawsey has developed inhouse expertise in this emerging field. Our quantum experts are tasked with identifying the best tools that can be made available for researchers’ workflows and in the integration process of the current quantum infrastructure and Setonix.





Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre is dedicated to advancing scientific research by providing access to cutting-edge supercomputing resources.
Supercomputing services
Accessing to Pawsey supercomputing services in a meritorious process free for Australian based researchers.
Eligibility and Allocation Schemes:

  • Access to Pawsey resources is facilitated through various schemes
  • Pawsey offers competitive merit-based schemes like the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) and the Pawsey Partner Merit Allocation Scheme.
  • These schemes prioritise research-focused projects and provide significant compute time for approved projects.

General Criteria:

  • Lead Chief Investigator (Lead CI) must be a staff member at an Australian research institution or business and it Is responsible for the project oversight.
  • Publications resulting from Pawsey resources must be acknowledged appropriately.
  • Submission of an annual report is required for each financial year of resource usage.

Application Process:

  • Review eligibility criteria for relevant Allocation Schemes.
  • Register on the allocation portal as Lead CI.
  • Complete and submit the application for allocation.
  • Application is assessed based on merit and scientific impact.
  • Lead CI is notified of the allocation outcome.
  • Successful projects receive account access and support from Pawsey administrators.

We also provide access to Data Storage for significant datasets and visualisation services and expertise.
Data services
There are three types of Data Services.

  • project storage – a 1TB (expandable to 10TB) shared allocation automatically available to all active Pawsey projects,
  • private storage – a personal 100GB allocation automatically available to individual members of active Pawsey projects.
  • managed storage – any other storage request; for which we require a submission via the Application Portal.

Access to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Data Stores (PSCDS) is governed by the Data Storage and Management Policy (DSMP).
To ensure responsible data management, Pawsey requires additional considerations for data storage access, including having a designated primary and secondary custodian for the project data, who will be responsible for overseeing the data and granting access to authorized users. Pawsey mandates that a separate copy of the data must be stored elsewhere for all projects, to safeguard against data loss.
Scientific Visualisation
Researchers from Australian research organisations can get access to Pawsey visualisation resources. All users with supercomputing allocation can access Setonix remote visualisation, please contact to request access. If you are looking to apply for Nebula or Pawsey Visualisation Lab, you can apply via Pawsey application portal. Login to Pawsey application portal using your AAF credentials and apply. If your institution is not listed in AAF Subscriber Institutions, you can create a login using your email address.
This application should be submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI), who leads the research work and must be employed at an Australian university or research institution. Please note students can’t directly apply for visualisation services, instead the application should be submitted by their supervisors.
For detailed guidelines and application procedures, and to apply please visit our website:

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