Two Cummins generators are backing up one of Australia’s important supercomputers.
The supercomputer, a powerful computer that is capable of producing more than one trillion results a second, is replaced every three years at a cost of more than $20 million to enable the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to keep up to speed with the technology required to chart changes in the environment.
The supercomputer, installed at the bureau’s headquarters in Melbourne and shared with the CSIRO, receives its data from weather stations, ocean buoys, satellites, aircraft and other bureaus worldwide.
The supercomputer has a major processing power and generates a lot of data.
The supercomputer has a footprint of 258 square metres and needs 375,000 watts of power to operate as a mission-critical resource, 24 hours a day, all year round.
Two 660 kW Cummins generator sets provide emergency power to the supercomputer in the event of mains power failure.
According to Cummins, it had to ensure reliability so the 660 kW gensets are standard Cummins PowerCommand units with PowerCommand digital paralleling control equipment.
The 660 kW Cummins generator is a typical Cummins power system in that it is fully integrated with a simple single auto/manual switch for operation.
It took only 10 months to install the two 660DFGD 825 kVA generators, MC150/2 Master Controller, bulk tank and fuel, sound attenuation and exhaust systems.