23 Apr 2015 Rome - After a brief period of testing and validation, Galileo, the new supercomputer installed at Cineca, Bologna entered into full production. The investment is the result of an action of joint development with INFN and the University of Milano-Bicocca, which partially funded the acquisition costs of the new system.
Galileo joins Fermi, the supercomputer for a more powerful academic research in Italy, which initiated the collaboration between Cineca and INFN. The framework agreement, signed in 2012, enables the deployment of research and development in the field of scientific computing, high-performance in the areas of High Energy Physics, Astroparticle Physics and Nuclear Physics.
The positive results derived from the ongoing collaboration led INFN to an additional investment to which INFN is also associated with the University of Milano-Bicocca. The economic resources jointly mobilized have enabled the acquisition of Galileo, an IBM/Lenovo Nextscale that, configured with 516 nodes for a total of 8256 processors, is able to express a computational power peak of over 1 petaflop/s (a million billion operations per second).
Galileo is dedicated to scientific computing and engineering and is available to researchers belonging to research institutions and Italian universities.
Thanks to this new system it will be possible to solve scientific problems of interest to the most current research, and also enhance strategies and calculation programmes that can be supported internationally to have access to the most powerful European supercomputing centers, as PRACE, the research infrastructure in the field of supercomputing, funded by the European Commission.
"Galileo will make a significant contribution to research in computational theoretical physics at INFN", explained Raffaele Tripiccione, coordinator of the activities in the field of computational physics at INFN, "by providing appropriate calculation tools to support the ambitious ongoing scientific programmes in the areas of physics for fundamental interactions and physics of complex systems."
"The co-financing of Galileo", reported Sanzio Bassini, Director of the Department of Supercomputing and Applications at Cineca, "is a fine example of pooling of expertise and resources between the different actors of the national research system to be more efficient and to have in Italy a competitive computing infrastructure despite the limited resources available."
"The scientific challenges of our time require quality of research and appropriate tools", stated Federico Rapuano, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca and member of the Management Committee of the Agreement Cineca Milano-Bicocca, together with Marco Bernasconi, Professor of Material Physics of the Milan University. "Our University with this investment aims to consolidate the results achieved so far and successfully compete in the scenario of the pursuit of excellence at the international level in the various fields of computational science in which different groups of our university are involved."
Galileo is an IBM/Lenovo Nextscale supercomputer configured with 516 nodes for a total of 8256 Intel Haswell processors, 768 floating point accelerators Intel Phi and 80 floating point accelerators NVIDIA K80, 1 petabyte of disk space, able to express a computational power peak of more than 1 petaflop/s (one million billion operations per second).