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March 11, 2009

Intel invests in HPC lab in France

The new lab is designed as an exascale high-performance computing center focused on hardware and software optimization

By CBR Staff Writer

Chip giant Intel has invested in a new high-performance computing research facility in France as part of a five-year collaboration.

The HPC lab will be run by the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, CEA, in collaboration with Intel, France’s national HPC agency Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif, and the University of Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines.

The center will be located 20 kilometers southwest of Paris in Ile-de-France Teratec. The lab, which is part of the Intel Labs Europe initiative, is being designed as an exascale HPC center focused on hardware and software optimization. Exascale computing refers to systems that can handle a million trillion calculations per second.

Bernard Bigot, general administrator at CEA, said: It is strategic for a public research institution like CEA to cooperate with a world-leading company such as Intel to prepare for the next generation of HPC facilities that the European scientific community and industrial companies expect.

Last October, Intel collaborated with IBM on a center at IBM’s Dubai Internet City building to provide academic organizations and businesses a center to test applications for HPC environments.

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