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SSA WA Branch: Next Generation Supercomputing at Pawsey: Is Pawsey supercomputing getting ‘quikka’? Is it what I need? (Dr Pascal Elahi)

  • 12 Oct 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (AWST)
  • Cheryl Praeger Lecture Theatre, The University of Western Australia
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Announcing the October meeting of the Statistical Society of Australia, W.A. Branch.

The invited speaker is Dr Pascal Elahi of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. All visitors are welcome to attend this meeting.

Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Time: 6:00PM
Location: Cheryl Praeger Lecture Theatre, The University of Western Australia


Next Generation Supercomputing at Pawsey: Is Pawsey supercomputing getting ‘quikka’? Is it what I need?

Dr Pascal Elahi, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

Join Pascal Elahi during our next meeting to learn about the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre: it's vision, current facilities, and upcoming supercomputer Setonix. Pascal will showcase what has been done with current systems and will let us imagine what Setonix, which will be at least 30x more powerful and far greener, can do for Australian researchers. How might you access this state-of-the-art system? Pascal will discuss how Australian-based researchers can access it for free through merit allocation schemes. He will provide an overview of the workshops, internships and co-funded positions run by Pawsey and how it engages with scientific communities to upskill the next generation of researchers on new technologies increase the impact and scope of their science.


Pascal obtained a PhD in Astrophysics from Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario, Canada. His background is in numerical astrophysics, where he explored the physics governing the Universe through complex virtual universes. At Pawsey, he is responsible for assisting researchers to efficiently parallelise their codes and port them onto the infrastructure operated at the centre. Pascal undertakes technical assessment of parallelised applications for performance on supercomputers and assists research groups in scaling their research applications and simulations from hundreds to thousands of processors.

Refreshments and Dinner

Members and visitors are invited to mingle over wine and cheese from 5:30PM. onwards at the venue.

Following the meeting all are invited to dine with the speaker at a nearby restaurant. Visitors are welcome.

Meeting directions

The Cheryl Praeger Lecture Theatre is located on the ground floor of the Mathematics building at The University of Western Australia. Its entrance is on the northern side of the building. See: OpenStreetMaps, Google Maps (points to the adjacent Blakers Lecture Theatre).

Parking is free on the UWA Crawley campus after 5:00PM. A convenient place to park is Car Park 18 accessible from Fairway Entry 1.

REMOTE viewing options

For those that cannot attend in-person, the presentation will be streamed live over Zoom. Please register on this page to get the connection details.

For further information please contact the WA Branch Secretary (

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