High performance computing centre to use local talent

The Australian Defence Force’s High Performance Computing Centre (HPCC) will begin construction in November.

The $57 million contract to build the facility was awarded to South Australian company Hansen Yuncken, with the opportunity for local contractors to be involved in the build.

These local subcontracts will enable Adelaide and South Australia-based manufacturers to commit materials, support, and services to the high-tech facility, said Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price.

“Under the Morrison Government’s Defence Policy for Industry Participation, Hansen Yuncken will use local contractors for 94 per cent of its total construction sub-contract packages,” she said.

The facility, once built will also provide services to local manufacturers, as well as manufacturers across Australia, to utilise supercomputing capabilities when developing produces or research that will enable defence capabilities.

“We want to make sure it is the local community that benefits when Defence engages contractors for these large projects,” said Price.

The HPCC will be completed in late 2020.