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Research in north Germany gets new, supercomputer

High-performance computer to yield more precise results

Contracts for the new HLRN-IV computing system have been signed with Atos, Germany following a tender across Europe. The German government and the participating states are each paying half of the EUR 30 million investment. The computer has been commissioned by the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (Norddeutscher Verbund zur Förderung des Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnens – HLRN). The alliance consists of the seven north German states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

One of the fastest computers

When completed, the new supercomputer will be over six times faster than it’s predecessor. By comparison, to achieve the performance of the new computer, 7.5 billion people on Earth would have to spend four years, 24 hours a day doing an addition or multiplication with multi-digit figures per minute. The world’s entire population could stream their favourite song at the same time without surpassing the limits of the available data storage. The supercomputer will benefit research at 150 academic institutions in north Germany. It will facilitate more precise calculations in climate and environmental research, life sciences and engineering sciences and in fundamental research in physics and chemistry in future.

International recognition

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rung, from the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and Chair of the North German Super Computing Alliance’s Scientific Committee, said: “There is growing demand among scientists in Hamburg for the resources of the north German supercomputer.” Several research projects in Hamburg have gained national and international recognition by using the supercomputer. Future application fields include, for instance, examinations by the University of Hamburg into physical structure and dynamic features of material or for developing new data storage media and nontechnical materials.

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