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Latest supercomputer publications


Research focus: ETH Zurich/University of Bologna and pAElla-powered data centres

ETH Zurich in Switzerland is one of the most highly regarded science and technology universities, one known for its cutting-edge research and innovation.

When it come to data centres, the pinnacle of innovation right now centres on how data analytics, sensors and AI can be used to improve power and performance.

Over the last few years, a group of researchers from both ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna has been at the forefront of advanced data centre monitoring research.


El Capitan supercomputer will be 10 times as powerful as anything we’ve seen before

The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) upcoming El Capitan supercomputer will be capable of 2 exaflops of computing performance, making it more powerful than the top 200 fastest supercomputers combined.

The record-breaking supercomputer, which is expected to be delivered in early 2023 and will be located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, will be used by the DoE’s National Nuclear Security Administration to advance America’s nuclear security missions.


UK Met Office ploughs £1.2bn into record-breaking weather and climate supercomputer

As the UK battles extreme weather conditions for the second week running, the Met Office has revealed plans to build the world’s most powerful weather and climate supercomputer.

The country’s national weather service announced it will spend £1.2 billion over 10 years building the supercomputer, which will replace the Cray XC40 system built for £97 million in 2014. 

The new supercomputer will be deployed to improve rainfall predictions and airport forecasting. Data collected by the system will be used to more accurately predict storms, identify effective flood defence locations and predict changes to the global climate.


Nvidia unveils AI supercomputer the size of a credit card

Nvidia has unveiled an AI supercomputer the size of a credit card for edge computing devices.

Dubbed Xavier NX, the diminutive device delivers performance of up to 21 TOPs and can consume as little as 10 watts of power when running modern AI workloads. 

Nvidia claimed the micro module is the “world’s smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer” for devices at the edge.

The supercomputer will serve high-performance applications constrained by size and weight, such as small commercial robots drones, or high-resolution industrial IoT sensors.


UK Atomic Weapons Establishment readies Shasta supercomputer

The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected Cray’s Shasta supercomputer to power the organisation’s nuclear simulations and other science projects supporting UK nuclear deterrence.

The seven petaflop supercomputer is named Vulcan and fitted with AMD’s Epyc 7542 processors, Cray Slingshot interconnect and ClusterStor Lustre storage. 

AWE said Cray’s HPC beast was selected because of its ability to run mixed workloads and applications at a low total cost of ownership (TCO).



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