Throughout 2011 Swinburne University is undergoing a phased upgrade of
its HPC facilities which will incorporate gSTAR
– the GPU Supercomputer for Theoretical Astrophysics Research.
gSTAR will operate as a national facility for astronomers with funding
coming from a Commonwealth Government Education Investment Fund (EIF)
grant obtained with the assistance of Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL).
Swinburne has recently signed a contract with Silicon Graphics (SGI) to provide
the first phase of the HPC upgrade. This includes the majority of the compute nodes
that will make up gSTAR. These compute nodes contain approximately 120 nVidia
C2070 and M2090 GPUs, over 600 Intel Westmere CPU-cores and 2400 GB of
CPU memory. The interconnect will be QDR infiniband and there will be 200 TB
of disk storage available for gSTAR users. More GPUs will be added in subsequent
At this stage it is envisaged that the compute capacity will come online in
September. More details on how to obtain an account and time on gSTAR will be
circulated to the community closer to the opening date.
Updated information will be posted on the ANITA news page as it becomes available ( anita.edu.au/news/).