The first time a Dutch university has built its own supercomputer.
The Delft University of Technology plans to build a new computing center on its campus, featuring a Fujitsu supercomputer.
The two petaflops system is expected to be operational at the Delft High-Performance Computing Centre in Fall, 2021.
A large upgrade over little green machines
“The arrival of the Delft High-Performance Computing Centre sees TU Delft join the forerunners,” Kees Vuik, professor of Numerical Analysis at TU Delft and director of research at the DHPC, said.
“The social issues that we as academics hope to positively impact are becoming increasingly more complex. The addition of the DHPC to our ICT infrastructure means we have the tools to make our contribution. It also boosts our training capabilities: with our training program focusing on the effective and efficient use of computing facilities and data processing, we are training the engineers of the future.”
Around 80 percent of DHPC’s computing hours will be used for research workloads, while the rest will be used for teaching as well as developing new algorithms and testing new types of software and hardware.
The system is the first supercomputer of this scale to be bought by a Dutch university. Local researchers primarily use the SURFsara national supercomputing center, which includes the 1.3 petaflops Cartesius 2 system – soon set to be replaced by a 14 petaflops supercomputer.
TU Delft has also experimented with smaller computing clusters, notably the Little Green Machine II – a 4U mini-supercomputer capable of about 0.2 petaflops.
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