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Huawei's scored a nice HPC win in Australia, with the University of Tasmania selecting it to provide a 7,000-cores-plus machine. The University’s Sandy Bay Campus will house the AU$5m (US$3.6m, £2.95m) machine, which will be put to work on “urgent scientific problems in existing strengths, including climate and ocean sciences …

  1. Robert Ramsay

    Cheeky Amanda Palmer reference?

    Inquiring minds need to know...

    1. Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Cheeky Amanda Palmer reference?

      I think you'll find Ms Palmer was not the first to refer to the Map of Tasmania in this way. Which is a way of saying probably

      1. TeeCee Gold badge

        Re: Cheeky Amanda Palmer reference?

        Well, the term "mapatazi" has been documented in the profanisaurus for many years now.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They hooking it up to the internet?

    How many of those cores are dedicated to slurping data and exfiltrating it back to the mothership?

  3. Magani
    WTF?

    Cost Trumps Security?

    Huawei?? Really??

    Last time I looked, ASIO's recommendation to the Oz gov't caused Huawei to be banned from bidding on gov't contracts due to security concerns.

    Considering the Bureau of Met was (allegedly) hacked by Chinese sources about a year ago, what Einstein came up with the brilliant idea of getting them to supply a machine :-

    which will be put to work on “urgent scientific problems in existing strengths, including climate and ocean sciences.”

    1. david 12 Bronze badge

      Re: Cost Trumps Security?

      Not to worry. Tasmania is air-gapped from the mainland...

      1. eldakka Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: Cost Trumps Security?

        "Not to worry. Tasmania is air-gapped from the mainland..."

        Not to mention the 21st century.

    2. Tom 64
      Coat

      Re: Cost Trumps Security?

      Why not a Chinese builder?

      Huawei to stand in the way of progress?

    3. TheBBG

      Re: Cost Trumps Security?

      "what Einstein came up with the brilliant idea"

      The Tassie government of the day, of the same party that granted the Chinese the lease of Darwin harbour. It is endemic in their thinking, if one can call it thinking.

    4. Codysydney

      Re: Cost Trumps Security?

      If they're not dealing with classified information, they're probably driven by price / performance, with some secondary factors like ability of the vendor to deliver, reliable reference sites, lack of ties to totalitarian socialist regimes with poor hu... oops almost got one wrong.

      So basically, they got lots of MIPS for cheap, Q.E.D.

  4. Stewba
    Black Helicopters

    Conspiracy Theory 1

    Seeing as we have broached the hacking subject, a conspiracy theory seems appropriate :P

    China play the long game, UTas is a big player in Antarctic Science, so my conspiracy theory is that china will slurp the information from UTas to strengthen their own claim in Antarctica and better enable them to start doing 'mineral research'

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