Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) at this time introduced it’s been awarded over $160 million to construct a Finland-based supercomputer referred to as LUMI. LUMI, the proceeds for which shall be furnished by European Joint Endeavor EuroHPC, a joint supercomputing collaboration between nationwide governments and the European Union, may have a theoretical peak efficiency of greater than 550 petaflops. That’ll finest the top-performing Fugaku petascale pc on the RIKEN Middle for Computational Science, which reached 415.5 petaflops in June 2020.
Powerful computers enable researchers to undertake excessive volumes of calculations in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling, lots of which might take months on conventional computing platforms (or years if achieved by hand). Furthermore, as a result of the computer systems can be found within the cloud, they permit groups to collaborate from wherever on the planet. As an illustration, insights generated by the experiments might help advance our understanding of key elements of COVID-19 akin to viral-human interplay, viral construction and performance, small molecule design, drug repurposing, and affected person trajectory and outcomes.
HPE says that LUMI, which shall be hosted on the Finnish IT Middle for Science in Kajaani, Finland, will function HPE Cray EX servers with AMD Epyc processors and AMD Intuition high-performance graphics playing cards. It’ll additionally use HPE’s Cray ClusterStor E1000 storage system and HPE Slingshot expertise for networking in addition to liquid cooling capabilities to attenuate electrical energy and water utilization.
LUMI shall be powered with hydroelectricity equipped by Vattenfall, a European renewable vitality firm owned by the Swedish state. As beforehand introduced, a portion of the warmth generated by LUMI shall be transferred by utility supplier Loiste Lämpö to houses and industrial buildings in Kajaani.
When LUMI turns into out there in mid-2021, it’ll be shared by ten European international locations as a part of a newly shaped consortium together with Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. Earlier than then, HPE says it plans to develop its supercomputing provide chain by manufacturing liquid-cooled Cray EX supercomputers and Apollo techniques in its Kutná Hora manufacturing unit throughout the Czech Republic. Alongside this, the corporate intends to determine a Middle of Excellence to supply analysis and growth instruments and different high-performance computing options.
LUMI is the second system EuroHPC contracted to HPE to construct, following the Euro_I4TI system for the IT4Innovations Nationwide Supercomputing Middle in Ostrava that’s anticipated to be the Czech Republic’s strongest supercomputer. Only a day in the past, HPE revealed it might ship the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Western Australia’s new over $34 million supercomputer.
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