Pawsey Centre: transformative research infrastructure

Pawsey Centre: transformative research infrastructure

Nov 5
Join WA’s thought leaders and stakeholders for a look into the growing capabilities of the Tier-1 national agency, Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre.
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John Langoulant AO, Chairman, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
Mark Stickells, Executive Director, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Event Overview

Supercomputers have a unique ability to simulate the real-world based on massive amounts of data helping to solve problems faster to speed-up decision making. Supercomputers help organisations develop more innovative and higher quality products and get them market-ready in shorter timeframes. They provide commercial and competitive advantages, including accelerated product development and reduced prototype costs. Supercomputers are synonymous with industrial innovation, technological progress, high value employment, economic growth and diversification.
WA’s own Tier-1 national facility, the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre, will shortly announce a major capital upgrade that will launch the Centre into the top tier of performance and energy efficient global supercomputing centres. 
Join Pawsey’s Chairman, John Langoulant AO, and Executive Director, Mark Stickells for an overview of Pawsey’s 5-year strategy, its new system and architecture, and the world class science and research initiatives led out of WA including an international COVID-19 health-related program, processing satellite sensing and imagery for State Government agencies that monitor land and marine environments and help predict the impact of storm and fire disaster, and essential support for the global Square Kilometre Array project

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speakers

John Langoulant AO
Chairman, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

John currently holds non-executive director positions across a diverse portfolio of public, private and not for profit businesses. These roles are predominantly in Western Australia but also in the Northern Territory and at the national level. In his executive years, John held the position of Western Australian Under Treasurer, Chief Executive of Australian Capital Equity, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and the Oakajee Port and Rail project. In 2018 John led a Special Inquiry into the WA Government’s Programs and Projects across the period 2008-17. In 2007 he chaired the Major Stadia Taskforce which gave rise to the development of Optus Stadium and he has undertaken other inquiries for the Western Australian and Northern Territory Governments.

Mark Stickells
Executive Director, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Mark Stickells was appointed Executive Director of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in July 2018. Pawsey is one of two, Tier-1, High Performance Computing facilities in Australia, with a primary function to accelerate scientific research for the benefit of the nation and to support Australia's participation in the Square Kilometre Array. An experienced R&D and technology executive, prior to joining Pawsey, Mr Stickells was the inaugural Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement at the University of WA and former Director of the Energy and Minerals Institute. He also chairs the Board of All Saints' College and its Foundation and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of Management.
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