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Czech Republic Steps Up with 2 Petaflop SGI ICE X Supercomputer

iceToday SGI and IT4Innovations national supercomputing center in the Czech Republic announced the deployment of the Salomon supercomputer. With a peak performance of 2 Petaflops, the Salomon supercomputer is twenty times more powerful than its predecessor and is the most powerful supercomputer in Europe running on the Xeon Phi coprocessors.

Thanks to VSB’s supercomputers, the center has put the Moravian-Silesian region on the world map of research centers. It has attracted experts from abroad into the region and strengthened cooperation with Czech and foreign research institutions,” said Ivo Vondrak, rector, Technical University of Ostrava. “Our first supercomputer Anselm no longer provided the compute power for the high-quality scientific projects we conduct. As a result, we have eagerly awaited the launch of the Salomon supercomputer.

The Salomon supercomputer supports a variety of research projects in many fields, including cosmology, astronomy, engineering and structural mechanics of liquids, geophysics, climatology, molecular modeling, plasma and particle physics, computer science and applied mathematics.

With the launch of the Salomon supercomputer, the 14th most powerful in Europe, the Czech Republic now ranks among the supercomputing elite. The scientific community in the Czech Republic gained a premium scientific tool and I believe that in the medium and long term it will benefit not only the research community but also the industry and the Czech economy,” said Martin Palkovič, director, national supercomputing center IT4Innovations.

Specifications

  • Theoretical computing power of 2 Petaflops
  • 24,192 CPU cores of Intel(R) Xeon(TM) E5 2680 v3 with 129
    terabytes (TBs) of RAM
  • 52,704 cores acceleration coprocessors of Intel(R) Xeon(TM) Phi 7120P with 13.8 TB of RAM
  • Two petabytes (PB) disk capacity and three PB backup tape capacity

The availability of supercomputing promotes innovation and economic growth,” said Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing Business Unit, SGI. “SGI is pleased to enable the IT4Innovations national supercomputing center to deploy one of the largest production supercomputers in Europe, which will benefit the scientific community, industry and economy in the Czech Republic.”

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