HPE to build Czechia's most powerful supercomputer to advance R&D

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced that IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre, a high-performance computing (HPC) centre for R&D and innovation in the Czech Republic, has selected HPE to build the country's most powerful supercomputer. The agreement is part of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, an initiative between the EU, European countries and industrial technology partners, to coordinate and combine their resources to develop world-class exascale supercomputers in Europe

The new supercomputer, given the working title "EURO IT4I" by IT4Innovations, will be powered by HPC and Artificial Intelligence (AI) from HPE to advance modeling and simulation capabilities and accelerate discovery for research in science, medicine and engineering. Example areas that IT4Innovations aims to target by using the system include improving weather forecasting, developing greener and sustainable infrastructure, and advancing drug discovery to find a cure for Covid-19.

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center is part of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava and together with two other institutions, forms e-INFRA CZ, the biggest e-infrastructure for science, research and education in the Czech Republic.

With new HPE-powered services, IT4Innovations is expanding its R&D resources to enable AI techniques that can significantly improve accuracy and speed up discovery when applied to simulations of complex scientific data. IT4Innovations' new system will be much faster at performing calculations, with a theoretical peak performance of 15 petaflops, an equivalent to 15 quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

HPE will power the new supercomputer with the HPE Apollo 2000 and HPE Apollo 6500 systems that are purpose-built to support the combination of HPC workloads, such as modeling and simulation, with AI and other data-intensive applications. It features over 500 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs and network for targeted AI performance.

HPE will include the HPE Apollo 2000 Direct Liquid Cooled System to increase energy efficiency and power density by transferring heat generated by the new supercomputer with a liquid-cooled process. To further manage data processing and storage from large AI workloads and applications at scale, HPE will integrate the Cray ClusterStor E1000 storage system, which utilises tailored software and hardware features to meet high-performance storage requirements of any size and support IT4Innovations' ongoing data growth. IT4Innovations' EuroHPC petascale system will be shipped and installed in 2021.

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Categories: IT
Companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Countries: Czech Republic
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