Scientific Computing and Visualisation
Accelerating astronomy. Maximising the scientific return from data.
|Modern astronomy is a petascale enterprise. High performance computing applications in astronomy are enabling complex simulations with many billions of particles, while the forthcoming generation of telescopes will collect data at rates in excess of terabytes per day. The immensity of the data demands new approaches and techniques to ensure that standard analysis tasks can be accomplished at all, let alone in reasonable time. Indeed, many of the basic techniques used to analyse, interpret, and explore data will be pushed beyond their breaking points. New approaches are required now, including harnessing novel technologies such as graphics processing units (GPUs) for massively parallel computation, in order to prepare for this large data paradigm shift.
Our research vision is to enhance and accelerate the process of discovery in astronomy through the adoption of novel e-technologies, with an emphasis on overcoming the data analysis and visualisation challenges posed by the impending petascale astronomy data era.
The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing is recognised as an NVIDIA GPU Research Center, for its pioneering work on adopting GPUs for scientific computing in astronomy.