IBM has added another to the crop of HPC and exascale innovation and research centers popping up around the world, many in Europe (where they are getting ready to spend a bunch of money on very high end infrastructure through PRACE)
Today, in the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Forschungszentrum Juelich and IBM sign the contract for a joint “Exascale Innovation Center,” within the scope of which hardware and software for an exascale supercomputer will be developed until the end of this decade.
A prototype of the new computer is planned for 2015, with the exascale machine itself entering service in Juelich in 2019. Something like this doesn’t happen without political support, and there’s a hint of that in a statement by a regional government administrator
The innovation minister of North Rhine-Westphalia commends the collaboration between Forschungszentrum Juelich and IBM. “I appreciate that Forschungszentrum Juelich builds the foundation to continue Having most powerful supercomputers in the future.” For research, this is important, because many scientists today work with simulation techniques and need large amounts of compute power. The research location of Northrine Westphalia will profit significantly.”
As you may recall Juelich already has a tight relationship with IBM; their latest system from big blue is the 1 PFLOPS JUGENE.