New SiCortex in Germany

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SiCortex has announced that the University of Madgeburg in Germany will install its big boy SC5832

SiCortex logoThis leading German university will use its new computer to further advance the field of physics in a number of key areas. For example, research scientists will use the SC5832 to assist in the calculation of quantum spin systems, a series of projects that have been accumulating data for 20 years. In addition, specific applications will run on the SC5832 in the areas of many-body physics and materials science, including the study of nano- and microstructures in semiconductor materials, random number generation and eutectic crystallization. The university’s Laboratory of Fluid Dynamics and Technical Flows will use the SC5832 to advance research in the field of fluid dynamics.

Interestingly, power consumption was evidently a key factor in the procurement

In terms of energy efficiency, the SiCortex system again led the competition. “We capped power consumption at 60 kilowatts for the bid, and that limit was a problem for many of the proposed systems,” said Dr. Rolf Knocke, director of the Computing Center at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg. “Not only did the SiCortex system meet our power requirements, it came in 40 kilowatts under the limit — quite impressive considering the performance levels of the machine. The expected cost savings over time by running this energy efficient system was also a factor in our decision. Overall, we’re very optimistic about how the computer will perform, and are proud to be the first university in Europe to install this dedicated HPC machine.”


  1. This biggie looks like a futuristic Star-Trek-like refrigerator 😉