Poland's supercomputer among Europe's top 10
April 21, 2008 //
Researchers at the Technical University of Gdansk in Poland have been running Central and Eastern Europe's most powerful supercomputer, which is ranked ninth in computing power in the European Union.
BERLIN Researchers at the Technical University of Gdansk in Poland have been running Central and Eastern Europe's most powerful supercomputer, which is ranked ninth in computing power in the European Union.
The "Galera" supercomputer, capable of 50 trillion operations per second (TFLOPS), runs on 1,344 quad-core Intel Xeon processors and has the power of 5,376 computing cores, according to Rafal Tylman, chief administrator of the Academic Computer Center at the Technical University of Gdansk.
It has been used for research in chemistry and physics but officials are beginning to look at commercial applications such as mechanical simulations for industry, Tylman said.
The Galera's history goes back nine years ago when the university collaborated with Intel Corp to produce the first generation. University researchers looked to cluster supercomputing as a cost-effective alternative to a traditional supercomputer.
"We started with clusters nine years ago because IBM and Silicon Graphics supercomputers were too expensive for us," Tylman said. "Clusters were not popular at this time, but it turned out we had no problems."
Intel, which has an office in Gdansk, cooperated throughout the years with the university by advising on the configuration and providing a roadmap for its processors. The machine has gone through several generations, the latest in February 2008, he said.
The Galera cost 2M euros ($3.2M) and was funded by the university and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Poland has a total of five supercomputers at research facilities in Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw and Krakow, though they are not as powerful as the Galera, Tylman said.
Most of Europe's supercomputers are in the Western part. Currently Europe's most powerful supercomputer and the world's second fastest, is IBM's Blue Gene/P, capable of more than 200 TFLOPS and located in Jülich, Germany.
Tower buys Maxim's Texas wafer fab
November 27, 2015
Foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) is set to buy an 8-inch wafer fab in San Antonio, Texas, from Maxim ...
Deterministic motor control with FPGAs
Smart buildings, smartphones will drive IR detector market
Private ID as a service leverages smartphone-enabled biometrics
Like Micron, SK Hynix rejects Chinese advances
NXP, Freescale merger clears FTC hurdle
November 26, 2015
NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the ...
Thin film micro-lenses stretch to focus
German battery maker puts squeeze on Tesla's solar storage plans
Report: Abu Dhabi holding talks over GloFo sale
- Battery Size Matters
- Software-Defined Radio Handbook - 11th edition
- Multichemistry Buck Battery Charger Controller
- Automotive Circuit Protection using Littelfuse Automotive TVS Diodes
InterviewCEO interview: InvenSense's Abdi on expanding MEMS horizons
InvenSense Inc. is a MEMS company that has epitomized a fabless approach to a sector that is still highly reliant on a thorough grasp of the manufacturing and packaging processes. We interviewed CEO Behrooz ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, FTDI Chip is giving away six MCU development board packages complete with a dedicated compiler (including a full integrated development environment).
Worth Euro 315 each, the packages include a credit card sized Clicker 2 board for the FT90X 32-bit MCU supplied alongside a powerful dedicated compiler from MikroElektronika.
MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.