Europe’s first Excel scale computer will be installed at the Julich Supercomputing Center in Jupiter, Germany.
The huge project alone is estimated to cost over € 500 million for infrastructure, hardware and installation costs and is expected to be operational by 2024.
A machine supercomputer of the Excel scale is also a notable achievement by the standard, which represents the computing power of more than 5 million modern laptops or PCs and is equal to the neural processing power of the human brain according to the Human Brain Project.
How will it be used?
The power of the machine will be used for climate modeling, materials engineering, biological simulation, and sustainable energy production research.
Funding for JUPITER, which means “Joint Undertaking Pioneer for Innovative and Transformative Excel Scale Research”, half of the EuroHPC will be provided by JU, and the other half will be borne by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the North Rhine-Westphalia. Ministry of Science (MKW NRW).
EuroHPC JEU has announced plans to build several more high-performance computers across Europe: Levente hosted in Hungary, Caspian, hosted in Ireland, EHPCPL, hosted in Poland, and hosted in Daedalus, Greece.
The exact hardware specifications of Jupiter have not yet been shared, but EuroHPC claims that the machine has strong renewable credentials and will require only 15 megawatts of power, to be taken from renewable projects.
EuroHPC further stated that the machine would use hot water cooling and could be connected to a district heating scheme.
Currently the only Excel scale computer in the Western world is an AMD powered machine hosted at Frontier, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) in Tennessee, USA.
It is widely reported that China currently operates two Excel scales, although little is known about them.
Jupiter is not the only extremely powerful European supercomputer that is hitting the news.
EuroHPC JU) has installed LUMI, Europe’s most powerful supercomputer, in the Finnish city of Kajaani, made entirely from AMD hardware.