October 25, 2013
TENERIFE, Spain, Oct. 25 -- The ALiX project, led by the Cabildo de Tenerife, has helped launch the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain. The supercomputer, called Teide-HPC (High Performance Computing), was ordered by the Institute for Technology and Renewable Energy (ITER), an organization that reports to the Inter-island Council of Tenerife, as part of the INNPLANTA program. As a result, Tenerife becomes a benchmark in technological innovation, offering researchers, companies of the Technological and Scientific Park of Tenerife and the University of La Laguna the computational resources to improve and extend both the national and international scope of their research.
This infrastructure constitutes a key piece of the ALiX project, allowing it to move towards the creation of an industrial network linked to the Information and the Communication Technologies (TICs) in Tenerife. The Teide-HPC is expected to be within the top 500 most powerful computers in the world, specifically within the first 130 of the list, which will be published next November.
ITER has received a total of 8.5 million Euros for the start-up of this infrastructure, which is framed within the INNPLANTA program. It is lead by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and financed by funds from FEDER for the acquisition of the technological-scientific infrastructures destined for R&D.
Supercomputers are complex IT equipment capable of managing huge amounts of floating point operations per second (FLOPS). The Teide-HPC will be able to reach a peak Rmax performance of 370 TeraFlops (thousand billion floating-point operations a second), which is equivalent to the combined calculation power of more than 10,000 conventional computers.
ITER has relied on Atos and Fujitsu Spain for the supply, installation and operation of the Teide-HPC.
The new high-specification computing infrastructure seeks to make its capabilities available to projects in the business, education and scientific communities.
The Teide-HPC is located at the D-ALiX datacentre, which is situated in Granadilla de Abona (Tenerife). An operation plan devised by Atos will take care of the infrastructure’s sustainability and economic profitability.
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