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MEGWARE Powers HPC Cluster for Agriculture Landscape Research at ZALF

MEGWARE has deployed a new HPC cluster at The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Germany. The cluster is powered by 125 compute nodes equipped with latest Intel Xeon Scalable 6320 processor technology.

Thanks to the professional advice and support provided by MEGWARE, ZALF has now access to a powerful HPC cluster system, which makes new modeling methods and simulation techniques for complex agricultural landscape research available,” said Dr. Ralf Wieland, Head of AG Simulation Methods at ZALF.

The MEGWARE system includes over 5000 cores, 14.4 TB of local DDR4 memory, and a fast Intel Omni-Path 100Gbit/s MPI communication network. The system is cooled by air/water heat exchangers. Eight additional MEGWARE GPU nodes allow ZALF to use state-of-the-art machine learning technologies that promise new insights in landscape research.

The core strength of ZALF is that we use complex and very heterogeneous data, analyses and models to answer urgent societal challenges, such as the effects of climate change on agriculture, and thus gain new information and knowledge,” explained Prof. Frank Ewert, Scientific Director of ZALF at the system inauguration. “This makes it essential for us to be able to process a large volume and range of biophysical and socio-economic data – from soil moisture and land use to economic issues – quickly and to make it available to answer research questions. We are therefore very pleased that we are now better equipped with the new computer cluster.”

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