Europe’s most powerful supercomputer opened
13 June the opening of LUMI was inaugurated. LUMI is the largest supercomputer to date, constructed within the European collaboration on supercomputers, EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. With LUMI, European researchers will have a tool of world class that enables research breakthroughs in many fields, such as climate, medicine, materials science and chemistry. was inaugurated
LUMI (Large Unified Modern Infrastructure) functions as a platform for international collaboration within data-intensive research, high performance computer usage and artificial intelligence (AI). Within AI, it is one of the most advanced platforms at this point in time. It links together computation capacity, deep learning, simulations and use of large amounts of data, which means that new, complex models can be constructed and ideas tested much faster than with other tools. It speeds up the research process, and makes research breakthroughs possible. Some of the computer’s resources will also focus on industrial research and development.
Important tool for climate research
LUMI is constructed using environmentally friendly solutions, which make is less energy-intensive than previous supercomputers. It will also be able to contribute to a faster digital and green transformation. One example is that, using LUMI, it will be possible to carry out complex simulations in climate research very quickly, and it is also crucial in the modelling of a digital twin of the Earth within the project “Destination Earth”.
LUMI is owned by EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), and is operated by a consortium with 10 member countries, where the Swedish Research Council represents Sweden. The supercomputer itself is located in Kajaana, Finland, and is operated by CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.
“We are happy to be part of the LUMI Consortium and EuroHPC JU. It is important for Swedish researchers, both in academia and in industry, to have access to really modern computation resources. In fact, LUMI offers unsurpassed opportunities in combination with really green operating characteristics. My congratulations to CSC for a fantastic achievment!,” says Sven Stafström, Director General of the Swedish Research Council.
Researchers at higher education institutions, the government sector and companies in Sweden can apply for access to LUMI via open calls from EuroHPC JU and the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). Support in the application process is also available from EuroHPC Competence Center Sweden (ENCCS).
Among the fastest in the world
LUMI was recently ranked third on the Top 500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers, and third on the list of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers, Green 500.
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