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Europe's Fastest Computer ­nveiled in Julich

By Forschungszentrum Julich

May 27, 2009

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The German supercomputing center in Julich has added three supercomputers, including the fastest machine in Europe. The new supercomputer at Forschungszentrum Julich, JUGENE, is capable of performing 1 petaflop/second, or a trillion arithmetic calculations per second. "JUGENE makes use of the most energy-efficient computer technology currently available," said Prof. Dr. Thomas Lippert, Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

Researchers will access JUGENE from a computer system offering platforms for studying everything from climate change and the function of new semiconductors to how proteins are folded in cells and how to improve fuel cells. The petaflop-scale machine is housed at the Gauss Center for Supercomputing, which is the partnership of the national supercomputing centers in Stuttgart, Garching, and Julich. The German and North Rhine-Westphalia governments supported and funded the project.

"The supercomputer JUGENE will secure Europe independent access to a decisive key technology of the 21st century," says Achim Bachem, chairman of the board of directors of Forschungszentrum Julich and coordinator of the European Supercomputing Alliance PRACE.

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