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.