The University of Maribor and partners are planning to establish a national supercomputer center whose performance will be globally comparable. Launch is planned for 2020.
“This is a big deal for the eastern region and Maribor, bringing numerous multiplicative effects,” said the vice-dean for scientific and research activity, Zoran Ren, to the Slovene Press Agency. He is convinced that strengthening computer capabilities will importantly contribute not only to the development of the supercomputer profession and research in many scientific areas, but will also give a boost to the economy. “With such a supercomputer system, we will contribute, for example, to more exact predictions of weather phenomena, simulations of societal phenomena, optimization of individual products, simulations of particle physics, development of crypto technologies, deep learning, artificial intelligence and similar. Until now, we had to carry out more demanding calculations by using supercomputer systems abroad,” he explained.
They joined forces with the Institute of Information Science (IZUM) and the Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto (FIŠ). “Currently the most capable supercomputer in Slovenia has capability of around 38 teraFLOP/s and is owned by a private company. Within the HPC RIVR project, we will establish a supercomputer capable of at least 1.5 petaFLOP/s with a data field of capability of at least 22 PB. If we set up this computer today, it would be the 23rd most capable in Europe and 90th in the world,” he added.
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