"The new IBM supercomputer gives Max Planck scientists the ability to once again carry out competitive, state-of-the-art research in the field of numerical simulations", stated Stefan Heinzel, director of Garching Computing Center (RZG) of the Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, where the supercomputer will be located.
The Max Planck Society's new supercomputer will be designed to achieve 10 times the application performance of the Society's current supercomputer. The system will be for dedicated use of Max Planck researchers and their collaborators. It will be delivered in two phases in 2012 and 2013, with the main installation in 2013.
The next-generation IBM machine will help researchers tackle a number of grand challenges in various scientific disciplines. In materials science a focus will be to achieve a fundamental atomic and meso-scale understanding of the properties and functions of nano-, polymeric and colloidal systems, and membranes. In life sciences, the simulation of life processes on molecular level as well as structure prediction will play a key role. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics will utilize the new system for realistic simulations of turbulence in fusion devices, contributing to energy research. Astrophysical projects will include cosmological and stellar simulations.
The new system is expected to use not much more energy than the currently installed Power6 and BlueGene/P compute complex, and RZG will continue to use a water fed cooling system.
"Joining a long roster of pioneering IBM supercomputers - from Deep Blue to Watson - this system will represent a quantum leap forward for supercomputing in Europe", stated Dave Jursik, general manager, deep computing. "IBM is proud to have been selected to provide the machine that will help the Max Planck Society address some of the most daunting scientific problems known to man."