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JUSTUS 2 Supercomputer from NEC Deployed at University of Ulm

NEC has deployed a new supercomputer at the University of Ulm in Germany. With a peak performance of 2 petaflops, the 4.4 million euro JUSTUS 2 system will enable complex simulations in chemistry and quantum physics.

JUSTUS 2 enables highly complex computer simulations at the molecular and atomic level, for example from chemistry and quantum science, as well as complex data analysis. And this with significantly higher energy efficiency than its predecessor, ”said Ulrich Steinbach. “The new high-performance computer will be available to researchers from all over Baden-Württemberg and is therefore – particularly with regard to battery research – a very sensible investment in the future of our science and business location.”

JUSTUS 2 is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. With 33,696 CPU cores, the system is expected to deliver a five-fold increase in performance compared to its predecessor. “

The combination of HPC simulation and data evaluation with methods of artificial intelligence brings a new quality in the use of high-performance computers – and NEC is at the forefront of this development,” added Yuichi Kojima, managing director of NEC Deutschland GmbH.

Weighing 13 tons in total, JUSTUS 2 has 702 nodes with two processors each. Named after the German chemist Justus von Liebig, JUSTUS 2 was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the state of Baden-Württemberg and the universities of Ulm, Stuttgart and Freiburg.

High-performance computing is essential, especially at a science and technology-oriented university like Ulm,” said computer science professor and university president Professor Michael Weber. “Therefore, JUSTUS 2 is a significant investment in the future of our strategic development areas and beyond.”

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