Details about the 30 million euro supercomputer investment in Flanders

3 Jan 2018 Brussels - As we reported earlier, the Flemish government will invest 30 million euro in supercomputer infrastructure for the coming 5 years. Some more details are available. The investment is intended for a TIER I supercomputer and an extension of the current HPC infrastructure. The investment will be part of the new "Supercomputing as a service" programme of the Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum (VSC). The Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) will manage the budget. The Flemish Supercomputing Centre is a cooperation between the universities with HPC machines in Flanders. The current Tier I system is located at the University of Leuven.

The future VSC TIER 1 supercomputing platform will consist of 3 components:

  • TIER 1 HPC: classical supercomputer;
  • TIER 1 Storage: storage of large datasets;
  • TIER 1 Cloud: access and visualisation of large data sets.

The investment for the TIER 1 supercomputer will be 12 million euro. The Supercomputing as a service programme will run from 2018 until 2022.

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