Facilities that support and enhance WA data science projects and capability


WA has a depth of computation and visualisation facilities working with researchers and industry to store, compute and use the vast array of data available in WA.


The Curtin HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch) is an advanced facility established by Curtin University to serve the growing demands of researchers and industry for visualisation, virtualisation and simulation capabilities in Western Australia.

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Tile 107 taken at dusk, by Kirsten Gottschalk, ICRAR-UWA (2012)

Murchison Widefield Array

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a low-frequency radio telescope operating between 70 and 300 MHz. It is located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia, the planned site of the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) lowband telescope, and is one of four telescopes designated as a precursor instrument for the SKA. The MWA has been developed by an international collaboration, including partners from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Canada and the United States

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Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Pawsey is one of two, Tier-1, High Performance Computing facilities in Australia, whose primary function is to accelerate scientific research for the benefit of the nation. Pawsey provides expertise in supercomputing, data, cloud services and visualisation, enabling research across a spread of domains including astronomy, life sciences, medicine, energy, resources and artificial intelligence.

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ASKAP antennas. Photo by Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker

Square Kilometre Array

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort of around 100 organisations across 20 countries to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with eventually over a square kilometre of collecting area. As one of the largest scientific endeavours in history, the SKA will bring together a wealth of the world’s finest scientists, engineers and policy makers to bring the project to fruition.

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