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NSC gets record-breaking supercomputer

One of Europe's most powerful supercomputers will be installed next autumn at the LiU-hosted National Supercomputer Center (NSC).

The computer architecture is based on 805 clustered servers providing a theoretical peak computational performance of 60 teraflops.

That propels it to the alpha position in computing-Sweden and secures a position in the upper echelons of the global top 500 computing sites.

When normal applications are run, peak performance is estimated to be 40 teraflops, or 40 billion floating-point operations per second.

"We are getting a quantum leap in available computing power. Currently what we can offer academic clientele is around 1.7 teraflops," says Sven Stafström who heads up NSC.

"The investment is strategically vital and a step in our goal to become one of Europe's leading computer centers," he continues.

The new supercomputer is funded mainly through a grant from the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). The machine will certainly benefit applied research on new materials, aerodynamics, strength of materials, and electronic components. And it will be a huge asset for basic research in chemistry and physics.


2007-08-13




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