First European Exascale Supercomputer Coming to Jülich
It's been decided: Forschungszentrum Jülich will be home to Europe’s first exascale computer. The supercomputer is set to be the first in Europe to surpass the threshold of one trillion (“1” followed by 18 zeros) calculations per second. The system will be acquired by the European supercomputing initiative EuroHPC JU. The exascale computer should help to solve important and urgent scientific questions regarding, for example, climate change, how to combat pandemics, and sustainable energy production, while also enabling the intensive use of artificial intelligence and the analysis of large data volumes. The overall costs for the system amount to 500 million euros. Of this total, 250 million euros is being provided by EuroHPC JU and a further 250 million euros in equal parts by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW NRW).
JARA-CSD member Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, Head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungszentrum Jülich:
The EuroHPC decision enables us to take this significant step towards exascale in cooperation with research and industry, scientific users and funding agencies. Immense challenges exist at various levels – both technical and financial. However, it is important to realise that we are talking about a machine from which the whole of society will benefit. From traffic optimization, autonomous driving, and environmental monitoring right up to digital twins: all these challenges are extremely calculation-intensive and are reliant on new technologies, many of which we can tap into with the modular exascale system.
Further information is available on the website of Forschungszentrum Jülich: https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/news/archive/press-release/2022/first-european-exascale-supercomputer-coming-to-julich