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December 19, 2011

Slovak Academy of Science to launch 96 teraflop supercomputer with IBM’s technology

IBM works with DATALAN to the supercomputer based on IBM’s Power 775, 755 systems and DS5300 storage

By CBR Staff Writer

Scientific and research institution Slovak Academy of Science has chosen IBM technology to launch an high-performance computing project in Slovakia.

Under the project, IBM works with local business partner DATALAN to provide a 96 teraflop supercomputer based on IBM’s Power 775 and 755 systems and DS5300 storage.

The IBM Power 755 is a computing cluster node with 32 POWER7 processor cores that is optimised for running parallel computationally intensive workloads and algorithms such as weather and climate modelling, computational chemistry, physics and petroleum reservoir modeling and the IBM System Storage DS5000 series is designed to meet demanding requirements.

The supercomputer will be deployed for scientific research requiring high computing capacity in physical chemistry, biochemistry, materials sciences, particle physics, quantum physics, virology, biomechanics and astrophysics and the supercomputer will be shared by three departments of the Slovak Academy of Science.

Slovak Academy of Science Data Center director Tomas Lacko said the project is an important technology acquisition for the entire Slovak science research and education community.

"Having a supercomputer of this magnitude in our country could open many new opportunities in developing our national infrastructure and advancing applied research in automotive, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other sectors of our economy."

IBM Slovakia country general manager Branislav Sebo said IBM has long played an important role in the development of Slovakia’s public and private sector infrastructures.

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"With this deal, science and education in Slovakia are entering a new era and opening up new research possibilities in the country," said Sebo.

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