Aus and Singapore supercomputer facilities sign MoU


Thursday, 10 March, 2022

Aus and Singapore supercomputer facilities sign MoU

The national supercomputer and big data facilities of Australia and Singapore, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI Australia) and the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a ceremony that took place virtually at The Australian National University and the Australian High Commission in Singapore on the sidelines of the SupercomputingAsia 2022 conference.

The MoU builds on the facilities’ already close partnership to deepen their joint activities into areas that should further improve technology, software development, staff and user training, and data sharing for both organisations over the next three years. It is expected to grow the capabilities of both centres and the technical development of their staff, while also leading to advances in computational science software. Users will benefit from improved training materials and future access to novel computing technologies.

As the supercomputing world progresses to exascale, the NCI and NSCC are working together to see how both centres’ capabilities can be geared up to keep in step with global HPC developments. Parts of the MoU will explore collaboration in the area of HPC infrastructure and capability development in areas like exascale systems, green data centre technologies, greater research network connectivity and more secure data transfer using quantum encryption technology.

“NCI and NSCC have been close collaborators for many years now, and this memorandum of understanding builds and furthers the relationship that we’ve built,” said NCI Director Professor Sean Smith. “We are extremely excited to continue to work with our NSCC colleagues to further the interests of supercomputing, big data and high-throughput computing users in the Asia–Pacific region.”

NSCC Chief Executive Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee added, “NSCC and NCI share a bond that stretches back to the early days of NSCC’s establishment. NCI was one of the closest HPC centres that NSCC had reached out to in our journey to build a national supercomputing infrastructure for Singapore. This new MoU expands on the already good foundations that the two organisations have laid down and sets our collaboration on a new and exciting path.”

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