The Gravitational Wave Data Centre (GWDC) will provide the infrastructure, training, and support to enable gravitational wave researchers nationally to lead the discovery of events from the latest data on an international scale and to maximize the scientific impact of these discoveries. Data coverage includes the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (aLIGO) and Virgo detectors as well as pulsar timing data from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and precursor facilities. Events range from close binary coalescences to gravitational waves from supermassive black holes with live streaming of data to optimised supercomputing facilities in Australia to enable real-time detections.

The GWDC was established July 1st 2019. It is based at Swinburne University of Technology alongside the existing Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) team that provides a generalized service to the national astronomy community.

Current projects


Support, develop and optimise the SPIIR time domain search pipeline (led at UWA) to perform low-latency detections of gravitational waves from binary merger events.


Establish GWCloud to perform and manage rapid parameter estimation of GW events leveraging the existing Bilby parameter estimation software (developed at Monash).


Develop pipelines for the SKA-dimension pulsar data emerging from ultra-broadband receivers at the SKA-mid precursor MeerKAT and the Parkes UWL telescope.


Establish the OzSTAR supercomputer at Swinburne to be an official LIGO Tier 3 data centre with expanded storage capacity and live streaming of GW data.

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