The Bulgarian supercomputer Discoverer, part of the European network of high-performance machines of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, has operatively achieved and exceeded the planned computing power and productivity. The parameters of the machine were tested during planned tests, which were performed last week by the supplier of the machine – Atos, a global leader in digital transformation.
At 100% capacity utilisation, Discoverer showed excellent results, with productive power reaching 4,518 petaflops, with a planned 4,44 petaflops, and reported peak performance of 6,006.37 petaflops, with 6 petaflops set.
The tests indicate that the supercomputer will likely be included in the world ranking for performance of supercomputers “Top 500”, said the chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sofia Tech Park Petar Statev. The deadline for application in the ranking is 11 June 2021 and the team of “Supercomputer Petascale-Bulgaria” is already preparing the necessary documents that will be submitted to the world organisation. ”We will find out exactly where we stand among these 500, once the complete official list will be
Publishedafter the publication of the official list, but more importantly, Bulgaria will be part of this world ranking,” said Petar Statev, who is also chairman of the board of the consortium “Petascale Supercomputer – Bulgaria”.
The inclusion of Discoverer among the top 500 high-performance machines worldwide will position our country on the world map of high-tech countries and will turn it into a digital hub in Southeast Europe.
Petascale-Bulgaria Supercomputer is a consortium that combines the knowledge of the member organisations with over 15 years of experience in applied sciences. Sofia Tech Park is a leading partner in the organisation. The consortium is the executor of the project for creation of a supercomputer, part of the EuroHPC JU network in our country. It is located on the territory of Sofia Tech Park. The project is funded by the budgets of the Bulgarian state and EuroHPC JU.
The main goal of the supercomputer in Bulgaria is to support a number of research and innovation activities, to stimulate the industry based on the use of technologies for simulation, modeling and optimization. The capacity of the machine can be used in many application areas for the needs of a large number of public and private users, including small and medium enterprises at Bulgarian, regional and European level. The system will be optimised to work in many scientific fields, including bioinformatics, pharmacy, molecular dynamics and mechanics, quantum chemistry and biochemistry, artificial intelligence, personalised medicine, bioengineering, weather forecasting, climate change and more. The capacity of the computer system in Bulgaria will be supplemented by 4 more petascale supercomputers, part of the EuroHPC JU network, which will be located in Luxembourg, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, as well as 3 pre-exascale supercomputers in Finland, Italy and Spain.