The High Performance Computing Facility consists of three new interconnected supercomputers, two in Wellington and Auckland, to meet the needs of New Zealand researchers to study scientific issues of national interest.
"It is a change in scientific work in New Zealand and further progress towards an innovative, forward-looking society," says Dr. Megan Woods, Minister for Research, Science and Innovation.
"Supercomputers are a major upgrade that is 10 times larger than its predecessor's computing power," says Woods, opening up equipment at the NIWA University in Wellington.
"It will have many benefits for scientific research, including better understanding of issues related to climate change, genomics, management of freshwater resources in New Zealand and resilience to natural hazards.
"One of its main objectives will be to improve the weather forecast, allowing it to more accurately predict and help to clarify the extremes of climate and dangerous events.
"Improved weather forecasts will enhance opportunities for critical services such as Fire and Emergency Services in New Zealand to identify and manage hazards. It will also help farmers and environmental managers make informed decisions, using the best available information," says Woods.
"This machine is capable of carrying out large-scale data intensive research using specialized software to support machine network and artificial intelligence research.
"This $ 23 million investment is some of the world's most advanced supercomputer capabilities, and can be achieved through a strong collaborative initiative between NIWA and NeSI, the New Zealand eScience infrastructure.
"Opportunities and potentials have grown enormously since NIWA has received the country's first supercomputer almost 20 years ago.
"I am proud to launch this machine, which is the leading role of international science," she adds.
"This is an important New Zealand science resource that will help our researchers find solutions to some of today's topical issues."
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