In the opening ceremony, Carlos Alonso, president of the council, said that with this supercomputer "Tenerife is consolidating itself as a benchmark in technological innovation and will provide researchers, companies in Tenerife and La Laguna University, with high throughput to improve and expand the national and international scope of research".
It will become a cornerstone of the ALiX project for the implementation of infrastructure aimed at creating an industrial structure around the Information Technology and Communication (ICT) in Tenerife. It is expected that the Teide-HPC is present in the top 500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. For the implementation of this infrastructure, ITER, has received a total of 8.5 million euro under the programme INNPLANTA by the Ministry of Innovation and Science, under FEDER funds for the acquisition of scientific-technological infrastructures aimed at ID i.
The Teide-HPC can reach a computing power of 370 TFLOPS (trillion floating point operations per second), equivalent to the combined computing power of over 10,000 conventional office computers.
For its construction, supply, installation and operation Atos has been entrusted. Atos is an international IT services company which has been awarded a contract with Spain with Fujitsu as partnering infrastructure provider. The new infrastructure for high performance computing aims to become one of the engines of the development of information technology in the Canary Islands and the rest of Spain, to put their skills of use to projects in business, education and science.
The Teide-HPC is located in the data centre D-ALiX, the neutral point of access for West Africa and the Canary Islands, located in Granadilla. An operating plan designed by Atos will manage the sustainability and profitability of the infrastructure.
The modular design of the system enables the Teide-HPC to have an almost unlimited capacity for growth, both in number of nodes and storage units. In addition, one of the features of the new facility is that it is environmentally sustainable. The energy consumption of the supercomputer will be covered by energy from solar panels and wind turbines installed and managed by ITER to provide service to the complex D-Alix.
Supercomputing is essential for creating simulations that are the gateway to the solution of major problems of society. The corporation is fully committed to it and continues to focus on R&D investment and the introduction of new high technological infrastructures that achieve higher levels of societal development and a better quality of life.