A new $33 million supercomputer is to be installed at the Pawsey Centre in Perth  with Cray Inc leading  a group of five supercomputing suppliers to build the supercomputer.


The supercomputer, to be operational in March 2013, will process data generated by the Australian Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Pathfinder (ASKAP)  and  the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope.


Both radio telescopes played a key part in Australia and New Zealand's recent successful bid to co-host the international Square Kilometre Array project.


The project is a joint effort by iVEC and the CSIRO. iVEC is an unincorporated joint venture between Western Australia's four public universities and the CSIRO, with the CSIRO acting as centre agent in procuring the supercomputer.