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Supercomputer "Zeus" from AGH best in Poland, 145th in the world

29.11.2013 Technology, Universities

Supercomputer "Zeus". Source: ACK CYFRONET AGH

Supercomputer "Zeus" from the Academic Computer Center CYFRONET AGH was 145th in the recently published prestigious TOP 500 list of the most powerful computers in the world, reported Kraków university spokesman Bartosz Dembiński.

This means that "Zeus" remains the most powerful device of this type in Poland.


The ranking of the world’s largest computing machines is published twice a year (www.top500.org/list/2013/11/). "Zeus" from CYFRONET AGH was the most powerful computer in our country for the eighth time in a row.


In the first five hundred was one more Polish supercomputer, from the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical Modelling, University of Warsaw (221st place).


AGH spokesman reminded in a release sent to PAP that the cluster "Zeus" is intended for scientific calculations, including the PL-Grid project (www.plgrid.pl) . Supercomputer of AGH University of Science and Technology is based on Scientific Linux (SL) operating system. The computational power of "Zeus" exceeds 373 Tflops . (FLOPS - FLoating Point Operations Per Second - is a computers capacity unit). Provider of solutions used in the unit is Hewlett- Packard.


Supercomputer " Zeus " is used, for example, for modelling energy projects, calculations in high energy physics projects (e.g. in the work of CERN) and complex calculations in chemistry, biology and nanotechnology. "Scientists can use its resources free of charge. The number of computational tasks performed on +Zeus+ in 2012 alone exceeded 8 million (8 126 522)" - emphasised Dembiński.


He added that in the coming months "Zeus" will have an opportunity to advance in the world rankings. On November 4 the National Centre for Research and Development announced the results of the competition within the framework of Measure 2.3 "Investments in development of infrastructure of science", and the largest grant - PLN 105 million - was awarded to CYFRONET AGH .


"These funds will be used for further development of advanced computing infrastructure in the project +Competence center in the field of distributed grid type computing infrastructures - PLGridCore+" - announced AGH spokesman.


PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland


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