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Supercomputer Made in Jülich Setting New Benchmarks

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Forschungszentrum Jülich/DE and its partners have built the most powerful super-computer in Europe with unparalleled flexibility and energy efficiency.

Forschungszentrum Jülich’s upgraded supercomputer JUWELS is now capable of 85 petaflops. This is equivalent to 85 quadrillion computing operations per second or the computing power of more than 300 000 modern PCs. Thanks to its new booster module, JUWELS is able to massively expand the application limits of simulations and also offers the strongest platform in Europe for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Developed by Forschungszentrum Jülich, Atos, a global leader in digital transformation headquartered in France, the Munich-based supercomputing specialist ParTec, and the accelerated computing platform company NVIDIA, JUWELS is the fastest computer in Europe. It currently ranks number 7 on the TOP500 list of the world's fastest computers published today. The Jülich supercomputer financed by the national Gauss Centre for Supercomputing takes third place in the current Green500 and is the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputer in the highest performance class.

“A very recent example in the current COVID-19 crisis is supporting simulations for drug development. Only the computing power of the booster enables our researchers to simulate the processes before, during and after a potential drug meets a receptor or protein realistically enough," said Prof. Thomas Lippert, Head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). Another current project is the detailed simulation of surface, earth, and groundwater movements. With the new JUWELS booster module, researchers are for the first time able to perform simulations with the required fine resolution, depicting details such as individual slopes or river corridors. Prof. Thomas Lippert sees the JUWELS system also as a milestone on the path towards the European exascale computer, which is set to be launched in 2023. The construction and operation of such a supercomputer is regarded throughout the world as the next major step in supercomputing. With a computing power of at least one exaflops, i.e. 1 trillion double precision floating point operations per second, it would be at least 12 times faster than the JUWELS booster.