Ostrava supercomputing centre to increase capacity and get an upgrade

18/11 2018

The upgrade of HPC systems for the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre will extend the Anselm cluster. The supercomputer will have a theoretical performance of more than 800 teraflops per second, making it more than 8 times as powerful as its predecessor commissioned in 2013. The computing capacities of the systems operated by IT4Innovations are available to the entire scientific community of the Czech Republic as part of grant competitions.

The contract for the upgrade was signed at VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava. The new machine will be delivered in April 2019.

"The demand of Czech scientists for computing resources exceeds our currently available capacity by about 100%. This upgrade will increase our capacity and help us address this problem. At the same time, Czech scientists will get a state-of-the-art technology, enabling them to acquire these technologies and keep up with the world", said Vít Vondrák, Director of IT4Innovations.

The Ostrava supercomputer is used by scientists from Czech universities and prestigious science centres. More than 50% of the supercomputers' capacity is used for the development of new materials and medicines, with the remaining capacity being used for biosciences, engineering tasks, astrophysics and a host of other disciplines.

Currently, IT4Innovations runs two supercomputers – Anselm (installed in the summer of 2013) and Salomon (installed in the summer of 2015). IT4Innovations is also a research centre with strong international relations. IT4Innovations' primary research topics are extensive data processing and analysis, machine learning, the development of parallel scalable algorithms, the solving of challenging engineering tasks, and nanotechnology modelling.