By Tim StaceyKey points:Workers at the Queensland Government’s new supercomputer will be tasked with building a computer that is capable of solving problems with a 100% uptime and 10 million data points a secondThe project is expected to be completed by the end of this yearThe project has been described by the Queensland government as “the world’s first and largest supercomputer with the capacity to do massive computation on a fraction of the cost”The $200 million project has come as a shock to many people who are familiar with the state’s massive computing infrastructure.
The $20 million state-of-the-art supercomputer is currently in the hands of Queensland’s government and will be used to crunch the state government’s massive financial records, which were made public by the Auditor-General last week.
The project, which has been the subject of considerable criticism from members of the public, was initially announced in 2012 as part of the state Government’s massive $60 billion infrastructure program, but was shelved after concerns about the reliability of the computer.
The massive $20 billion supercomputer has been designed and built by Australian company ARM and the state of Queensland.
The Queensland Government has contracted ARM to build the supercomputer.
The state government has a contract with IBM to build and maintain the state-owned supercomputer which is currently located at the Cairns Government Complex.
The supercomputer, known as the C-region, was designed and designed by ARM and is the biggest computing centre in the world.
It is designed to provide the state with the ability to crunch financial records of all sorts of data, from insurance claims to health records, as well as produce statistical data that can be used by the state in other areas.
“Our new supercomputing facility will provide Queensland with the world’s fastest, most powerful and most comprehensive supercomputer capable of doing massive computation,” Queensland’s chief technology officer, Michael Kavanagh, said in a statement.
“This project will deliver significant savings in our ongoing efforts to meet the increasing demand for computing capacity in the state.”
The state Government said it would “continue to work closely with IBM in developing the project” and said the supercomputers would be used in “critical” areas including the coronavirus response.
The computer will be operated by the University of Queensland, a university that has a track record of innovation.
The university said in December it had a contract worth $5 billion to build two new super computers and a network of supercomputation centers, with the first of these to be operational by 2018.