Europe's supercomputer 'ready and working'

8th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 February 2005, BARCELONA-Europe's biggest 'supercomputer' is ready to be unveiled in just over two weeks time in Barcelona.

8 February 2005

BARCELONA-Europe's biggest 'supercomputer' is ready to be unveiled in just over two weeks time in Barcelona.

Mateo Valero, director of the National Supercomputer Centre in the Catalan capital, said the 'Mare Nostrum' computer is already working well and is all set to be revealed to the world on 23 February.

The computer will be the fourth most powerful in the world.

It measures 160 square metres and is kept in an annex of its own in the Technical University of Catalonia.

Valero said: "It will be the most powerful public computer in the world." 

The machine will be used for three areas of investigation, information technology, earth sciences and biology.

It will be used to help research on aeronautics, the environment, meteorology, energy distribution and production, chemistry and physics.

Nineteen liquid tonnes of glass and 26 tonnes of steel were used to make the computer.

Cooled water passes around the machine by a system of tubes to stop it overheating.

'Mare Nostrum', made by IBM with a budget of EUR 70 million, was paid for by the Spanish government, the Catalan regional government and the university.

It contains 4,564 processors connected to the Internet.

A team of 11 experts are assessing a series of suggestions for the computer's use from a number of companies and research companies.

The university already has 110 investigators and Spanish universities will be invited to suggest projects for which the computer should be used.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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