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Australian supercomputer produces stunning image of remains of dying star’s explosion | Wasim Raja and Pascal Jahan Elahi for the Conversation

Within 24 hours of accessing the first stage of Australia’s newest supercomputing system, researchers have processed a series of radio telescope observations, including a highly detailed image of a supernova remnant.

The very high data rates and the enormous data volumes from new-generation radio telescopes such as Askap (Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder) need highly capable software running on supercomputers. This is where the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre comes into play, with a newly launched supercomputer called Setonix – named after Western Australia’s favourite animal, the quokka (Setonix brachyurus).

Askap, which consists of 36 dish antennas that work together as one telescope, is operated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. The observational data it gathers is transferred via high-speed optical fibres to the Pawsey centre for processing…

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