PRACE Receives IBM Prototype Super

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The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe [PRACE] has announced that it has received a new supercomputer prototype from IBM.  The new prototype, based on the LANL’s RoadRunner architecture, will be housed at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center [BSC] and become a part of the MariCel initiative.  This initiative will help define the hardware and software of their future machines.

MariCel is part of an initiative to create a common supercomputing structure for Europe,’ commented Francesc Subirada, Associate Director of BSC. ‘On this prototype, similar to the architecture of the American Roadrunner, we will test the latest software technologies, some of them developed at the BSC. We think that in Spain we will be able to install supercomputers 100 times more powerful than the current MareNostrum in 2011 or 2012,’ he continued

The work efforts of projects at BSC will hopefully lead to the development of systems with a minimum performance of 10 PF, ten times that of RoadRunner.

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