Orange supercomputer launched by NSW Chief Scientist

22 Jan 2013

Intersect’s new supercomputer Orange has been launched by NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane. Assembled by SGI and hosted at IC2, Orange will support world-class research from the universities of NSW. 

“Intersect has become an absolutely pivotal part of the State’s research infrastructure and of the State’s research”, Professor O’Kane said. “All sorts of new research has happened, as researchers in the humanities, creative arts, medical areas see what you can do with eResearch and eResearch platforms”.

 “People think of Intersect as the servant of research, providing the high computing power but I’ve seen Intersect lead people into new research areas by showing them things they can do, by somebody seeing one platform could move across to another field. So it’s actually been a creator for enabling and leading the excellence of research in NSW. It’s wonderful that this computer gives us so much increased power for eResearch in this state”, Professor O’Kane said.

Orange is funded through the Australian Research Council's Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme. The LIEF grant, led by the University of Sydney’s Professor Leo Radom is supplemented by investments from the University of Sydney, UNSW, UTS, Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle, the University of Wollongong, Southern Cross University and the University of New England.

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