The new supercomputer has been planned as a part of the Slovenian HPC RIVR programme under the coordination of the University of Maribor, with the Institute of Information Science Maribor and the Faculty of Information Science Novo Mesto as partners, and the national HPC consortium SLING as the supporting entity. Since the initial investment has been augmented when the project evolved to become the Slovenia-based EuroHPC petascale system, one third of the investment is provided by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and the system will be available to EuroHPC users.
The new supercomputer will be named Vega, after the Slovenian mathematician Jurij Vega and for 17,2 million euro it will provide 6,8 Petaflop/s, wide bandwidth for data transfers to other national and international computing centres (up to 500 Gbit/s) as well as both fast and long-term storage (24 PB in total). The bandwidth provided by GEANT and its data-lake based repositories will allow Vega to support open science and FAIR data and facilitate its users in participating in European information-intensive scientific and research projects. Vega is scheduled to start production in March 2021.
Slovenia initialised its HPC RIVR programme not just to procure new systems and improve available computing capacity of its HPC community, but also to ensure that a new generation of experts and developers is engaged within the project as well as the wider Slovenian community and its national consortium SLING. The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport has been using this mechanism to promote regional, European and international cooperation, including the work within PRACE and EuroHPC, where SLING became one of the funding partners of the Leonardo Consortium, the hosting entity of one of the EuroHPC pre-exascale systems at CINECA in Bologna. Since EuroHPC has also been accelerating the adoption of new technologies by supporting the establishment of national centres of excellence in HPC, the new capabilities will be made more readily available to academic as well as scientific and industrial users.