BerzeLiUs will be a powerful resource to advance AI research and boost collaboration between academia and Swedish industry. This will primarily be within research programmes financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, such as the Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program and initiatives in the life sciences and quantum technology.
"I am extremely happy and proud that Linköping University will, through the National Supercomputer Centre, be host for this infrastructure", stated Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, vice-chancellor of Linköping University. "This gives us confidence that Sweden is not simply maintaining its international position, but also strengthening it."
BerzeLiUs will consist of 60 NVIDIA DGX A100 systems combined with NVIDIA Mellanox InfiniBand networking and 1,5 petabytes of storage from DDN. It will be supported by Atos Codex AI Suite, to enable researchers speed-up processing times on their complex data, empowering them to gain insights faster, using the power of deep learning and analytics.
It has previously taken months or even years of planning and construction to commission this type of AI infrastructure. An NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD is an integrated turnkey solution that can be delivered and installed in a few weeks.
"We are proud to be working with Linköping University on the delivery of their new supercomputer BerzeLiUs, which will provide researchers with the computing power to enable new scientific breakthroughs and innovation. This high-performance system, coupled with our expertise, will help Sweden to address key AI and machine learning challenges", stated Damien Déclat, Group VP, Head of HPC, AI & Quantum Business Operations at Atos.
"The new supercomputer will bring AI research in Sweden into a whole new era. It will be the centre for an investment that not only raises Sweden's position as leader in AI research but also gives Swedish industry great competitive advantages in areas such as telecommunication, pharmaceuticals and vehicles", stated Jaap Zuiderveld, vice president EMEA at NVIDIA.
The National Supercomputer Centre at Linköping University is today home to six traditional supercomputers with a total processing speed of around 6 petaflops. The largest of these, Tetralith, was the most powerful supercomputer in the Nordic region when it was installed in the summer of 2018. The processing speed required for the algorithms that are used in AI and machine learning cannot, however, be compared with the capacity of traditional supercomputers.
"BerzeLiUs will be more than twice as fast as Tetralith. This is a truly powerful AI resource and by far the most rapid processing cluster we have installed", Niclas Andersson, Technical Director at the National Supercomputer Centre, confirmed.
The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has donated SEK 300 million to Linköping University and the National Supercomputer Centre (NSC) to build this supercomputer.