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New supercomputer unveiled by Defence

The rapid data processing capability is tipped to support the development of modern weapons systems, including technology promised under the AUKUS agreement.

user icon Charbel Kadib
Fri, 12 Aug 2022
New supercomputer unveiled by Defence
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Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles has officially unveiled Taingiwilta — an advanced supercomputing capability developed with the support of the US Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernisation Program.

Taingiwilta — launched at the Defence Science and Technology Group site at the Edinburgh Defence Precinct in Edinburgh, South Australia — is reportedly capable of processing data up to a million times faster than a standard computer.

The technology is expected to support the design, development and analysis of next-generation weapons and national security systems.

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This is tipped to include the Royal Australian Navy’s future nuclear-powered submarines, quantum technologies, and artificial intelligence systems as part of the AUKUS technology-sharing agreement.

Taingiwilta, which means powerful in the language of the Kaurna people, is housed in a purpose-built secure facility called Mukarntu, meaning computer.

“For much of the work done by our Defence scientists, data is critical,” Minister Marles said.

“But even more important than the data itself, is the ability to rapidly and reliably analyse and process that data.

“This high-performance computing facility provides a secure and sovereign capability to do just that.”

Minister Marles added the technology would also support stronger collaboration with international partners.

“Defence acknowledges the assistance provided by representatives of the US Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernisation Program who willingly shared their 30 years of knowledge and experience to support Australia’s work to establish this world-class capability,” he said.

Taingiwilta is the latest of a number of new Defence technologies unveiled over the past week and follows the Chief of Army Symposium in Adelaide.

Among the new capabilities showcased was an electric Bushmaster Protected Military Vehicle (ePMV).

The electric variant has been developed by 3ME Technology in Newcastle, NSW over the past 12-15 months in collaboration with Army, the Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO), and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).

The ePMV is reportedly capable of accelerating up to four times faster than a conventionally powered Bushmaster, operating with reduced noise and a reduced heat signature.

[Related: US, Ukraine sign cyber defence collaboration deal]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres

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