The researchers in northern Germany are looking forward to the enormous increase in performance with which they will be able to produce even more precise model calculations in the future, for instance in environmental research, the life, materials and engineering sciences and in basic research in physics, chemistry and mathematics.
The company Atos will install a new supercomputer, the HLRN-IV, with an output of approximately 16 PetaFlop/s in Berlin and Göttingen for the HLRN network. The new computer will thus increase the previous computing capacity to six times. Most of the system will be based on Cascade Lake generation Intel Xeon processors. Altogether the computer covers approximately 244,000 processor cores. The installation of the first phase begins in autumn 2018 and will be extended in 2019 to the full scope of expansion. The total value of the system to be procured is 30 million euro for the investment, half of which will be borne by the federal government and the participating HLRN countries, and 20 million euro for the operating costs borne by the countries alone.
In addition to Berlin, the HLRN network also includes Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.
The State Secretary for Science and Research, Steffen Krach, explained on the sidelines of the contract signing at the ZIB: "Excellent science and research also includes the appropriate infrastructure. Even with the next generation of supercomputers, it's true that working together is better than just doing it on your own. That does not only count for Berlin, but in this case for the whole of northern Germany. Thanks to the HLRN network for the good cooperation. I also thank the scientists involved and wish them every success in their research."
The HLRN-Verbund concept, which has proven its worth since the installation of the HLRN-I in 2002, continues to be pursued by the HLRN network: The operating centres at the Zuse Institute Berlin and the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen have many years of technical and organisational expertise in the operation and further development of high performance computers. A dedicated, redundant fiber-optic cable between Berlin and Göttingen will transparently ensure the cooperative system-technical support from both sides for the users.