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MeluXina: a new EuroHPC world-class supercomputer in Luxembourg

Industry: Public Sector
Region: Belgium

“Modern research requires significant computing power and generates large amounts of data – therefore we needed a HPC solution which responds to our growing need for increased computing capacity in order to increase our research capabilities and enable us to go beyond the limits of traditional simulation.” said Dr. Sébastien Varrette, co-leading with Prof. Pascal Bouvry the High Performance Computing service at the University of Luxembourg. “With the release of the AION system, the global capacity of the HPC infrastructure provided within the University will be increased both in terms of computing (totaling 2.8 PetaFlops with both systems) and shared storage (up to 10 PetaBytes). This consolidates the University’s ambition to offer a cutting-edge research infrastructure to Luxembourg public research and serves as edge access to the upcoming Luxembourg MeluXina supercomputer in the EURO-HPC context.”

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The procurement contract of MeluXina, new EuroHPC supercomputer, has been signed by the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), LuxProvide, the hosting entity, and the company Atos, the selected vendor.

MeluXina will be a petascale supercomputer, capable of executing more than 10 Petaflops, 10 million billion calculations per second and powered by green energy from a cogeneration plant powered by waste wood. This new supercomputing system is expected to be operational early 2021 and will rank in the world’s top 30 supercomputers. MeluXina is funded via a joint investment of about EUR 30 million from the European Union and Luxembourg.

The challenge

As different as the scientific challenges in research are, so different are the demands on the computers. Researchers work with increasingly complex models, with unstructured data sets and with billions of data points. For high-quality results, a modern, highly available and flexible IT infrastructure is required. At the same time, economic efficiency in the operation of these modern facilities must be taken into account; this includes in particular power consumption.

This new supercomputer will support the development of leading scientific, public sector and industrial applications in many domains, including artificial intelligence, personalized medicine, bio-engineering, weather forecasting, fight against climate change, drug and material design.

The solution

MeluXina will be a petascale supercomputer, capable of executing more than 10 Petaflops, 10 million billion calculations per second and powered by green energy from a cogeneration plant powered by waste wood. This new supercomputing system is expected to be operational early 2021 and will rank in the world’s top 30 supercomputers. MeluXina is funded via a joint investment of about EUR 30 million from the European Union and Luxembourg.
The computing power of MeluXina will soon be complemented by four additional EuroHPC petascale supercomputers to be built in the following supercomputing centres:

    • Sofiatech, Bulgaria
    • IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre, Czech Republic
    • Minho Advanced Computing Centre (MACC), Portugal,
      IZUM, Slovenia.

and three EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputers located at the following supercomputing centres:

    • Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain
    • CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland
    • CINECA, Italy.

Business benefit

Its objective is to foster better science and enhance innovation in Europe by providing access to leading edge HPC infrastructures and services to a wide range of users from the research and scientific community as well as the industry and the public sector. This new supercomputer will support the development of leading scientific, public sector and industrial applications in many domains, including artificial intelligence, personalized medicine, bio-engineering, weather forecasting, fight against climate change, drug and material design.

Through the use of innovative technologies, the authority is prepared for the future, which creates long-term investment security.

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