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The world’s top news source for high-per­for­mance com­put­ing has recog­nised WA’s Pawsey Su­per­com­put­ing Cen­tre for us­ing its im­mense pro­cess­ing power to help us bet­ter un­der­stand how ex­treme ocean con­di­tions can be har­nessed to gen­er­ate en­ergy.

HPCwire handed out its an­nual awards at the 30th International Con­fer­ence for High Per­for­mance Com­put­ing, Net­work­ing, Stor­age and Anal­y­sis in Den­ver yes­ter­day, with Pawsey tak­ing out the Ed­i­tor’s Choice award in the en­ergy cat­e­gory.

The cen­tre prides it­self on fos­ter­ing in­dus­try in­no­va­tion and its col­lab­o­ra­tion on the Carnegie Wave Power project, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Univer­sity of WA, won over the HPCwire ed­i­tors.

Carnegie Clean En­ergy’s hy­dro­dy­nam­ics re­search di­vi­sion and UWA re­searchers used Pawsey’s Mag­nus su­per­com­puter to an­a­lyse the fluid dy­nam­ics of ex­treme waves to de­sign a wave power sys­tem ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of se­vere weather.

The in­sights gained will play a vi­tal role in the suc­cess of a $50 mil­lion wave power project Carnegie is un­der­tak­ing in Al­bany.

And it put Pawsey on a list of win­ners that in­cluded big-time play­ers such as NASA Ad­vanced Su­per­com­put­ing and Lu­cas Film & In­dus­trial Light Magic. The lat­ter won a prize for com­puter graph­ics in the two new Star Wars films.

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