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NCI Australia’s new Gadi supercomputer has been ranked as number one in the southern hemisphere and number 47 in the world in the latest Top500 list, released last November.

The Top500 list is a ranking of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, published twice a year at major supercomputing conferences.

Housed at the Australian National University (ANU), Gadi was funded by the Australian Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). This $70 million upgrade investment has brought Australia back into the top 100 supercomputers in the world.

NCI’s previous supercomputer, Raijin, had fallen to number 239 on the Top500 list and was retired last month when Gadi reached its full production capacity.

NCI is excited to see where Gadi will sit in the next Top500 list, to be released in June, now that the complete system can be benchmarked.

QCIF has a share of time on Gadi for researchers at its member universities (UQ, QUT, Griffith, USQ, JCU, CQU and USC) who wish to use Gadi this year and were either not successful in their National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) application submitted last year, or failed to apply. 

If you wish to apply for QCIF’s share, please contact QCIF eResearch Analyst Dr Marlies Hankel in the first instance. She will instruct you in how to fill in the form and ascertain whether your workload is suited to Gadi or not. Also contact Marlies if you would like to know more about Gadi:

If you’re experiencing any problems with Gadi, read NCI’s ‘Preparing for Gadi’ webpage first and if you cannot find the answers you want there, please contact the NCI Helpdesk.

If you’re considering applying for NCMAS at the end of this year to use Gadi in 2021, or if your application this year did not go as well as expected, the sooner you contact Marlies, the better. 

Note that NCMAS applications open this year on 5 August and close on 20 September. 

This month, NCI announced a new HPC resource allocation scheme for users at the upper end of computational scalability. Join an online session on Tuesday, 3 March, 11am AEST, if you are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest for the inaugural Australasian Leadership Computing Grants available on Gadi.