The Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter (CSSM) began official operations on January 1, 1997.
The formation of the Centre was the result of a successful national competitive proposal by Professor Anthony W. Thomas and A/Prof. (now Professor) Anthony G. Williams of the then Department of Physics and Mathematical Physics, for one of eight Commonwealth Special Research Centres, with funding to commence in 1997 for a period of nine years.
The Special Research Centre program has now been replaced by the Centre of Excellence program for new Centres, of which CoEPP is one.
There was one such competitive round for Special Research Centres across all fields of research every three years. Hence, there were of order two dozen such Centres nationally at any one time. With that initial funding period having expired, the CSSM is now administered through the Department of Physics of the School of Physical Sciences
- Strategic Objectives of the Centre
The essential aim of the Centre is to make major advances of international significance in our understanding of the structure of subatomic matter by assembling a world-class research team in Adelaide. With a variety of attacks on the problem being made within the same Centre, progress can be made more rapidly than by a set of isolated individuals or small groups. The cross-fertilisation of this environment offers great opportunities for major breakthroughs in our understanding.
Whilst one of the fundamental aims of the Centre is to put this understanding of subatomic physics on a sound and consistent theoretical framework, another important aspect of the Centre's work is to make progress in integrating theory and experiment.
- Computing Facilities
"Isaac" is a dedicated resource for the CSSM Lattice group, and is a cluster consisting of eleven nodes, each of which contains 16 Xeon E5 cores and four GTX Titan GPU's.
In total, this yields 176 Xeon E5 cores and 44 GTX Titan GPU's.
The maximum performance on the whole cluster is about 43 Tflops sustained.
- Collaborative Agreements
Related Sites with Formal Agreements of Cooperation with the CSSM: