Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced its next goal: to build the most powerful supercomputer ever created. With financing of $ 160 million from the European authorities, HP will build in Finland what is expected to be the most powerful computer in history . 550 petaflops to far exceed the 415.5 petaflops of today’s most powerful supercomputer in the world .
The supercomputer will be called LUMI and will be located in Finland . With it, it is expected that great advances in scientific research will be made by European organizations. The project has in fact been funded directly by the European High Performance Computing Undertaking (EuroHPC) .
Currently supercomputers have different uses at the investigative level . Among them, the most notable are those that are given in scientific research with large volumes of data. Lately in epidemiology, bioinformatics and molecular modeling particularly, also in climatic issues .
550 petaflops in the cloud, from Finland and for Europe
Supercomputers are generally hosted in the cloud . This means that although it is true that they are in a physical place, all their work and access is done online from the cloud. This allows multiple organizations to access at the same time and make use of its powerful calculation processes. It will also happen with LUMI.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise says that LUMI will be housed at the Finnish IT Center for Science in Kajaani, Finland. To do this, it will have HPE Cray EX servers and AMD Epyc processors , as well as high-performance AMD Instinct graphics cards. To power such a beast, HPE will take advantage of hydroelectric power and part of the heat generated by the supercomputer will go to nearby buildings in the city of Kajaani. The supercomputer will also feature liquid cooling.
LUMI is expected to be available and operational in mid-2021 . Once completed, it will be used by various organizations in member countries of the European Union. The countries that have reached an agreement for the use of the supercomputer are Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.
If HPE delivers on its promise, the LUMI supercomputer will hit 550 petaflops . This is, in every way, insane power. HPE says it corresponds to the power of one and a half million notebooks combined. In any case, we will have to wait to see it finished and then check what its real performance is. Currently the most powerful supercomputer in the world is in Japan, it is called Fugaku and it was presented a few months ago . Its maximum performance is 415.5 petaflops.