Premier John Brumby has announced funding for two high performance computers at the Australian Synchrotron at Monash University.
Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government had invested almost $4 billion to strengthening technology and innovation in Victoria, building modern, cutting edge infrastructure which is attracting the best researchers and innovators to Victoria.
The $8.3 million High Performance Computing (HPC) facility will take Victoria’s use of computational imaging to the next level.
“I am pleased to announce further funding for the newest, high tech research infrastructure in Victoria - $800,000 towards the new MASSIVE high Performance Computing facility,” he said.
“The Multi-modal Australian Sciences Imaging and Visualisation Environment - or MASSIVE - is the first facility of its kind in Australia, bringing together two high performance computers at the Australian Synchrotron.
“MASSIVE will be a centre of excellence for computational imaging and visualisation and offer researchers from a range of fields — including biomedicine, astronomy, engineering, geoscience and climate studies — unparalleled capacities to construct and view visualisations of the objects of their investigations.
“The facility will enable scientists to create, view and analyse high-resolution scientific images and 3D-models previously too large to visualise.”
Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government was committed to world-class innovative infrastructure that drives Victoria’s economy.
“We are committed to investing in Victoria’s supercomputers, collaboration tools and advanced gigabit networks to enhance the accessibility of costly scientific instruments — such as synchrotrons, gene sequencers, telescopes and sensor networks,” Mr Brumby said.
“By investing in these facilities we are boosting the State’s capacity to turn new ideas and technologies into valued products, services and solutions.”
MASSIVE is a partnership between some of the country's leading technology providers and research institutions — including the Australian Synchrotron, CSIRO, Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing and Monash University.