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Nov 19, 2008, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

"A visit to any high performance computing centre opens one's eyes to the versatility of the operating system and the extent to which it is used to crunch data for scientific and other work.

"The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing is located close to the heart of Melbourne. It was established by the Victorian universities, with funding from the Victorian state government and the Australian federal government as a state high performance computing centre.

"Says chief executive Bill Appleby: "It was basically intended to support scientific research at universities. It is run on a subscription model with the universities each paying an amount that is proportional to their research output. It has grown from one or two people to about 60 or 70 people. Some of our funding comes from academic work, a lot of it comes from industry collaboration and research projects. We do a lot of contracted work in high performance computing in engineering and health informatics and other areas."

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