Curtin and DUG form supercomputing partnership

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DUG was founded in 2003 and is listed on the ASX. Image Supplied.

Curtin University and DUG Technology Ltd (ASX: DUG) have announced a partnership to collaborate in the education, research and high-performance computing (HPC) fields.

The ten-year partnership seeks to accelerate research areas of national significance such as astrophysics, biomedicine and meteorology. As part of this, Curtin and DUG will develop green technologies that seek to reduce the carbon footprint associated with supercomputing. Opportunities for education and training the HPC area will also be a priority for the partnership.  

Dr Matthew Lamont, Founder and Managing Director, said the partnership highlights the alignment of DUG with Curtin over several, along with the added expertise high-performance computing can provide to tertiary institutions.

“The alliance is a significant vote of confidence in DUG’s technology and a perfect example of our ability to provide cost effective and reliable HPC for the tertiary education sector’s specialised research and data analysis needs,” said the former Curtin graduate.

Our solution is unparalleled as we can also provide education, onboarding support, and code optimisation services.

Dr Matthew Lamont, DUG Managing Director and Founder

Along with an office in Perth, DUG has other offices in London, Houston and Kuala Lumpur.

Under the agreement, DUG will provide Curtin:

  • scalable HPC, storage and archive capabilities;
  • support for HPC education, code onboarding and optimisation; and
  • proprietary DUG Insight processing and visualisation tools to support Curtin’s involvement in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project.

Professor Chris Moran, Curtin’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research said given Curtin is WA’s largest tertiary institution, as well as a research-intensive organisation, there is a growing and large need for high-performance computing.

Curtin University has been at the forefront of computational and data sciences in Australia for almost two decades. The exciting new partnership with DUG will complement the important work Curtin does through the national Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

Professor Chris Moran, Curtin Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

The deep expertise of both Cutin’s astronomers and DUG’s in software engineering and code optimisation has also assisted in the search for the first stars and galaxies in the early Universe. The partnership is looking for weak singlas that originated over 13 billion years ago

Data collected by radio telescopes has allowed DUG and Curtin to develop algorithms that can detect and monitor space junk within Earth’s orbit – something likely to become more congested and contested.

Professor Steven Tingay, a John Curtin Distinguished Professor and astronomer from the University’s node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, said the partnership along with being practically applicable in the real world, has the added benefit of advancing fundamental physics.

From looking at the early Universe, soon after the Big Bang, to what satellites in Earth’s orbit are doing minute by minute, all requires a lot of time on powerful computers.

Professor Steven Tingay, Curtin University International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

Over the next ten years, the partnership hopes to replicate success across different fields which includes training significant numbers of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. DUG has added they hope by utilising Curtin’s expertise in renewables, they can come across new energy sources to power DUG data centres.


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