The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Jülich held a launch event today for their latest upgrade to the IBM BlueGene/P system named Jugene. Federal Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan and North Rhine-Westphalia’s premier Jürgen Rüttgers were on hand to help celebrate the 1PF machine.
Acquiring JUGENE demonstrates Germany’s bid for leadership in supercomputing,” Schavan said.
The upgrade brings Jugene’s processor count to just over 295,000. This, housed in 72 cabinets makes for quite a computing resource. Two other machines were also unveiled at the event [albeit dwarfed by Jugene's announcement].
The supercomputer JUGENE will secure Europe independent access to a decisive key technology of the 21st century,” Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich and Coordinator of the European Supercomputing Alliance PRACE Dr. Achim Bachem said in a statement.
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