CSIRO Computing History, Chapter 10, CSIRO IM&T Scientific Computing

By September 7th, 2020

These pages attempt to give some of the history of CSIRO’s use of computing in its research, focussing mainly on the large shared systems and services.

Chapter 10. CSIRO IM&T Scientific Computing

Last updated: 10 Nov 2020.
Robert C. Bell

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In October 2013, a decision was made to move Advanced Scientific Computing into CSIRO IM&T as a separate branch called Scientific Computing, with a subgroups of infrastructure (Brian Davis) and Services (Alf Uhlherr).

The Scientific Computing Circulars from March 2014 give a good summary of the major activities.

Scientific Computing Circular

Issues 1-13 (March 2014 to November 2016) at here (but visible only within CSIRO).  Here is an extract from the first edition, outlining the role of IM&T in scientific computing.

Below are the contents.


Since this chapter encompasses the present (2020), further details are not given, as this era spans the current systems and services, some of which are confidential to CSIRO.


CSIRO IM&T Scientific Computing continues the legacy of Trevor Pearcey, CSIRAC, the Section for Computing Research and successors, the Supercomputing Support Group, the Joint Supercomputing Facility, the CSIRO Supercomputing Facility, the HPCCC, the HPSC, and the ASC.

The mandate is to provide access to computing systems (and associated storage, software, services, support and staff) in the furtherance of CSIRO’s mission to Australia and the world, particularly as the world and the world of science depend increasingly on the breakthroughs enabled by computation.


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