Tuesday, 28 August 2012

SuperMUC: Most powerful supercomputer in Europe

The most powerful supercomputer in Europe SuperMUC has been released in Germany. It uses SUSE Linux Enterprise Sever and is currently the fourth most powerful in the world, behind the U.S, Japan and China.

It was unveiled in July by IBM and will be used to solve difficult scientific questions in physics and fluid dynamics.

It has over 155,000 processor cores which is said to deliver an impressive peak performance of over three petaflops of computer power. A single petaflop is a thousand trillion floating point operations per second, equivalent to the work of more than 110,000 personal computers.

One of its special features is its new form of hot-water cooling technology also invented by IBM. It allows the system to consume 40% less energy than the comparable air-cooled machine, allowing to be built 10 times more compact.