PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 13, 2018 — The High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a market leader in high-performance computing (HPC)1, today announced a joint collaboration to build and deliver for HLRS a next-generation supercomputer, 3.5 times faster than its current system2. The upcoming system, which HLRS has named Hawk, will be the world’s fastest supercomputer for industrial production3, powering computational engineering and research across science and industrial fields to advance applications in energy, climate, mobility, and health.
Hawk, based on HPE’s next-generation high-performance computing (HPC) platform running a next generation AMD EPYC processor code named Rome, will have a theoretical peak performance of 24 petaflops, and consist of a 5,000-node cluster.
“We are excited that Hawk constitutes a sizable increase in the performance of our flagship supercomputing system,” said Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch, Director of HLRS. “But the real winners will be our user community of computational engineers in academic research and industry who will benefit from the ability to run much more complex simulations.”
Construction of Hawk is projected to cost €38 million. Funding will be provided under the auspices of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), the alliance of Germany’s three national supercomputing centers. Half of this funding will be provided by the State of Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Science, Research and Art, and the second half supplied by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
“To keep our science and economy at the leading edge of international competition, we are making strong investments in a first-class IT infrastructure for high-performance computing,” said Theresia Bauer, science minister of Baden-Württemberg. “Cutting-edge research is unthinkable today without simulation and HPC, and is the foundation for innovative products and processes that constitute key areas of our economy. With Hawk, scientists from all research disciplines will be able to undertake new kinds of scientific investigation that are essential for addressing some of our greatest problems as a society.”
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