Europe's fastest supercomputer in operation

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12 November 2007, Juelich - The fastest supercomputer in Europe, and the second-fastest in the world, went into operation in Germany, its owners said Monday, hours before the announcement of the latest international supercomputer rankings.

12 November 2007

Juelich - The fastest supercomputer in Europe, and the second-fastest in the world, went into operation in Germany, its owners said Monday, hours before the announcement of the latest international supercomputer rankings.

The "Top 500" list was to be released at the Supercomputer Conference in Reno, Nevada later Monday.

Europe's entry is a scientific-research machine codenamed Jugene at a federal science complex at Juelich, near the Dutch border, which manages 167 trillion basic operations per second (teraflops).

The machine has a computing capacity equivalent to that of 20,000 personal computers. It has been installed in recent weeks and is not set to be officially inaugurated till February.

Scientists can request time on the computer at Juelich to test mathematical models in chemistry, nuclear physics and medicine.

Last year, the summit of the Top 500 was occupied by BlueGene/L, a supercomputer at the US government's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. At that time, another Juelich computer, Blue Gene (JUBL), ranked eighth in the world.

Jugene occupies 16 cabinets about the size of telephone boxes. Thomas Lippert, director of the Juelich Computing Centre, says its power use is so modest that it does not generate much heat.

The computer far outshines the planned supercomputer at the German weather service (DWD), which will manage just 39 teraflops, according to an announcement last month.

DPA

Subject: German news

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