Australia ‘s newest supercomputer has used chunks of data to create a stunning image of a supernova remnant. Named Setonix after Western Australia’s favorite animal, the quokka (Setonix brachyurus), the supercomputer made the latest using data collected by the ASKAP (Australian Square Kilometer Array) radio telescope operated by the country’s science agency CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). created a highly detailed image.
Setonix is located at the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center in Perth and is a key part of the facility’s recent $70 million upgrade. The supercomputer is being built in two phases , with the second phase expected to be ready by the end of 2022.
Pawsey’s supercomputing applications expert, Dr. Pascal Elahi said processing data from ASKAP’s astronomy research is “a great way to stress test the Setonix system and see what’s possible.”
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A researcher from CSIRO’s ASKAP team, Dr. Wasim Raja said the difficulties in imaging a complex object like a supernova remnant (mainly clouds of material from the explosion of a massive star at the end of its life) make it ideal.
“Setonix’s large, shared memory will allow us to use many of our software features and further improve the quality of our images ,” said Raja . said. Once Setonix’s second stage is fully deployed, the supercomputer will be up to 30 times more powerful than the combined capability of Pawsey’s previous systems, Galaxy and Magnus .
The increased processing power means we can expect even more incredible images from Setonix as ASKAP plans to send more data from larger and deeper sky surveys .