A new supercomputer to be installed at the Minho Advanced Computing Center (MACC) in Guimarães, one of four operational centers for advanced computing coordinated by the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) in Portugal, is scheduled to go live in early 2022.
The takeover agreement for the new Petascale EuroHPC supercomputer was signed between the European high-performance computer company (EuroHPC JU), FCT and the technology supplier Fujitsu.
“This new supercomputer, which represents a joint investment of more than 20 million euros over the next three years, should be operational in early 2022,” said a press release from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, which oversees the FCT.
The new supercomputer “is the result of a joint and joint effort, which will be co-financed by the FCT, the Innovation Promotion Fund, the Energy Efficiency Fund, the European Structural Funds of the Northern Region of Portugal, the Municipality of Guimarães and the EuroHPC JU and will contribute 6.95 million euros”, it says in the same message.
This HPC system called Deucalion is a supercomputer that can perform “ten million billion calculations per second”.
“The machine will use ARM technology which is the Fujitsu A64FX CPU used by Fugaku, the fastest supercomputer in the world,” he added. “Deucalion will enable the development of a unique and innovative context to apply European principles and Global Green Computing”.
The first supercomputer went into operation in Portugal in 2019 and is called Bob.
The Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, quoted in the note, reiterated that this was “the achievement of an important goal during the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union”. Manuel Heitor also points out that “it is a step forward to include all regions in the broad European supercomputing network” by “digital infrastructures promoting new knowledge frontiers in different disciplines and towards a better and greener future”.
“Deucalion” will be one of the first European supercomputing projects with reduced CO2 emissions in line with the European Eco-Pact, “emphasizes the Minister for Environment and Climate Protection, João Pedro Matos Fernandes. “The entire operation of this supercomputer will be based on renewable energy sources, either through direct generation of electricity from technologies based on solar and wind energy in a self-consumption logic, or through combination with storage systems,” emphasized the government official.
MACC Scientific Director Rui Oliveira notes that “Deucalion not only provides a basic infrastructure for many areas of science with a hybrid architecture, but also enhances national advanced computer literacy in both academic and scientific systems and industry should”.
FCT President Helena Pereira claims that “this new supercomputer will integrate applications in various areas including artificial intelligence, personalized medicine, drug and material development, bioengineering, earth observation and combating climate change, cities, territories and mobility”.
The managing director of EuroHPC JU, also quoted in the press release, Anders Dam Jensen, points out that “EuroHPC users can benefit from this latest supercomputer anywhere in Europe”. “This system will help to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, to better anticipate climatic conditions or to increase knowledge about the matter. This state-of-the-art system will also support our endeavors to make Europe a world leader in HPC. “