Australian researchers simulated the image of the explosion of supernova G261.9 + 5.5 using the Setonix supercomputer and the ASKAP radio telescope, located in a remote region of Western Australia. It took 24 hours to generate the image.

For data processing, the astrophysicists chose the Setonix computing system, named after the quokka (Setonix brachyurus). The device is based on the AMD EPYC Milan high-performance supercomputer with 65,000 cores. Its main task is the analysis and transformation of large data arrays. For example, radio astronomy projects.

Supernova G261.9+5.5 is located at a distance of about 15,000 light years from Earth. It was discovered by the scientist E.R. Hill in 1967.

The researchers hope that the radio telescope imaging project will enable astrophysicists to study the transformation process of a star in great detail. In the future, scientists plan to get more information about the age of G261.9 + 5.5, its size, the parameters of the remains and the type of explosion.

When Setonix is ​​fully operational, the researchers say system performance will be 30 times faster than the Galaxy and Magnus supercomputers previously used at the Pousey Center combined.

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