Germany gets Europe's top supercomputer

A supercomputer claimed to be the fastest in Europe - and the most powerful in civil hands anywhere in the world - has had its ceremonial switch-on in Germany

The 167 teraflop JUGENE is sited at the Julich research centre, where scientists will use it to analyse data on subjects ranging from soil pollution and the composition of the earth's core, to polymer chemistry and automotive engineering.

The most powerful computer in IBM's Blue Gene/P series, JUGENE has more than 65,000 processors housed in 16 racks, each around the size of a telephone booth. It joins older siblings JUMP and JUBL in the Julich computer room, where it will be used by around 200 European research groups.

"Science and industry need computing power of the highest quality ̵1; on the one hand, to conduct pioneering research, and on the other, to create innovations," says Professor Achim Bachem, chairman of the board of directors at Julich. "With JUGENE, we have now set another milestone in Jülich for cutting-edge research. We will map out the next few stages together with our partners in the German Gauss Centre for Supercomputing and create long-term competitive supercomputing infrastructures in Europe."

Image: Supercomputer JUGENE has more than 65,000 processors housed in 16 phone-booth sized racks

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