The Bulgarian EuroHPC Joint Undertaking supercomputer Discoverer is ranked 91st on the TOP500 world’s most powerful supercomputer systems list. The performance of the machine, located on the territory of Sofia Tech Park, was evaluated through special tests carried out according to the standards and requirements of the independent non-governmental organisation that compiles the list.
Discoverer’s test results exceeded the planned computing power of 4,44 petaflops as it reached 4,518.9 petaflops. It also reached a peak performance of 5,942.0 petaflops computing power.
The achieved results place Discoverer on 66th place in the additional ranking list of TOP 500 – HPCG that ranks the HPC and AI workload convergence based on machine learning and deep learning through solving a system of linear equations using new algorithms with mixed precision.
The supercomputer Discoverer based on BullSequana infrastructure is produced and delivered by the worldwide leader in digital transformation Atos. The number of supercomputers ranked on the TOP 500 list, produced by Atos is 36 with total computing power of 206 petaflops. Atos’ BullSequana infrastructure is also used in four additional EuroHPC supercomputing centres in Italy, Slovenia, Luxembourg, and Portugal.
The inclusion of Discoverer among the top 500 high-performance machines worldwide positions Bulgaria on the world map of high-tech countries and will turn it into a digital hub in Southeast Europe.
Anders Dam Jensen, the Executive Director of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, commented:
“Discoverer’s excellent placement on the TOP500 supercomputers ranking confirms that the EuroHPC JU is working at full throttle. As the 27th most powerful supercomputer in the European Union, Discoverer is leading the way in European HPC technology.
“When all seven EuroHPC JU supercomputers are online, we can expect 670 petaflops of computing power to be available to European research and innovation. They will support the development of leading scientific research, support public sector, SMEs, and industrial applications in many domains and help further the EU’s knowledge base in science, technology, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and high-performance data analytics.”
Tomas Hlavsa, Head of the Atos Big data and Security division in Czech Republic and Slovakia, said:
“Atos is very proud to have designed, delivered and implemented a completely new supercomputer in Sofia Tech Park. This system named Discoverer is ranked as the 91st most powerful computer in the world and taking into account HPCG metrics, is now ranked # 66 in the world today. This machine is the most powerful machine in SEE region (South Eastern Europe) ever. If we take into account only Europe, Discoverer is in the top 30 most powerful supercomputers. It will bring new opportunity to scientific community in Bulgaria and with joint effort with commercial partners it shall allow faster growth of digital economy in this region.“
The project for creation of supercomputer, part of the EuroHPC JU network in Bulgaria is implemented by the Petascale-Bulgaria Supercomputer Consortium with Sofia Tech Park as a leading partner. The Consortium combines the knowledge of the member organizations with over 15 years of experience in applied sciences. The project is funded by the budgets of the Bulgarian state and EuroHPC JU.
The Bulgarian supercomputer’s objective is to support research and innovation activities, to stimulate the industry based on the use of technology for simulation, molding and optimization. The processing power of the machine can be used in many applied fields for the needs of wide range of public and private consumers, including small and medium enterprises at Bulgarian, regional and European level. The system will be optimized to work in different science fields, including bioinformatics, pharmacy, molecular dynamics and mechanics, quantum chemistry and biochemistry, artificial intelligence, personalized medicine, bio-engineering, weather forecasting, fight against climate change, etc.
The computing power of the Bulgarian computing system will be complemented by four additional EuroHPC petascale supercomputers, located in Luxembourg, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Portugal, as well as by three EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputers located in Finland, Italy and Spain. The main goal of the European supercomputer network is to stimulate the research activities with an implementation in the industry and to create favorable conditions for developing even better European economy, as well as to upgrade the computing power of the European Union
The ranking list can be found here:
More for Discoverer – https://sofiatech.bg/petascale-supercomputer/
More for EuroHPC JU – https://eurohpc-ju.europa.eu/