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GRNET signed contract for the development of Greece's National HPC infrastructure

4 Jul 2014 Athens - The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) pioneers in the field of supercomputing infrastructures, by proceeding to the development of Greece's first national high-performance computing system (HPC) to support large-scale scientific applications. The supply and installation of the new system was assigned to COSMOS Business Systems in collaboration with IBM, after an open international tender, which was carried out by GRNET. The new infrastructure is expected to play an important role in the development and promotion of scientific research in the country and in South East Europe.

The system is based on IBM's NeXtScale platform, incorporating the latest generation of Intel Xeon E5 v2 processors (Ivy Bridge) and it will provide computational power that reaches 180TFlops (trillion floating point operations per second). With a total of 426 compute nodes, it will offer more than 8500 processor cores (CPU cores) interconnected through FDR Infiniband network, a technology offering very low latency and high bandwidth. In addition, the system will offer about 1 Petabyte (quadrillion bytes) of storage, based on the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS). The system software will allow developing and running scientific applications and will provide several pre-installed compilers, scientific libraries and popular scientific application suites.

The system will be integrated into the European supercomputing ecosystem, aspiring to be listed in the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world, enhancing Greece's participation in the pan-European infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe).

The national HPC system is expected to empower the Greek scientific community by meeting the needs of Greek users in multiple scientific fields, strengthening their ability to access the PRACE infrastructure. Computational Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Biomedicine, Meteorology, Seismology, Computational Engineering, Materials Science and Earth Observation are among others, indicative scientific fields that heavily rely on the use of modern supercomputing infrastructures.

The national supercomputing infrastructure is being developed in the context of the "PRACE-GR - Developing National Supercomputing Infrastructure and Related Services for the Greek Research and Academic Community" project, which is co-funded by the Operational Programme "Attica" Priority Axis "03 - Improving Competitiveness, Innovation and Digital Convergence" and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The system is expected to be installed and fully operational by the end of 2014.
Source: GRNET

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Primeur weekly 2014-07-14

Special

Six European exascale projects are dealing with the hardware and software challenges in exascale ...

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences ...

IBM announces $3 billion research initiative to tackle chip grand challenges for Cloud and Big Data systems ...

'Melbourne Shuffle' secures data in the Cloud ...

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GRNET signed contract for the development of Greece's National HPC infrastructure ...

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