Today the University of Iceland unveiled a new supercomputer that will boost research in a range of scientific areas. Manufactured by Lenovo, the cluster was funded by the Research Infrastructure Fund Iceland with matching funds from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik University.
Computational Science is the fastest growing areas within the scientific research. Iceland has lagged behind neighboring countries in this area, so this installation represents a major step forward for local scientists. All staff and students at the University of Iceland and Reykjavik University will be able to exploit new computer system.
The new supercomputer will be used for research into such areas improving solar cells, satellite image processing of glaciers, and simulating the behavior of volcanoes.
HPC is on the rise in Iceland. In late 2015, the Icelandic Meteorological Office announced plans to install a new Cray supercomputer and Sonexion storage system at their datacenter in Reykjavik. As reported here, Cloud provider Verne Global is seeing rapid uptake in HPC customers at their Icelandic datacenter.