BSC and Intel Announce Joint Laboratory to Develop Zettascale Supercomputers

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Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Intel have announced a joint laboratory for the development of future zettascale supercomputers. The announcement was made at the high-performance computing conference in Hamburg, Germany. Up to €400 million will be invested over 10 years into the laboratory. Funding will be provided by Intel and the Spanish Government. The RISC-V-based zettascale supercomputers are expected to perform more than 1021 operations per second, making them 1,000 times faster than current supercomputers. A primary goal is to make Europe an autonomous source for this technology.

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We are very pleased that Intel has chosen BSC to create a research lab together that will be a world leader in chip design. One of the objectives will be for future European supercomputers, such as MareNostrum 6 within 5 years, and many others worldwide, to incorporate technology developed in this lab. In addition, the lab will help create a hub for new companies and jobs,” said Mateo Valero, director of BSC-CNS.

”High-performance computing is the key to solving the world’s most challenging problems and we at Intel have an ambitious goal to sprint to zettascale era for HPC. Barcelona Supercomputing Center shares our vision for this goal, with equal emphasis on sustainability and an open approach. We are excited to partner with them to embark on this journey,” said Jeff McVeigh, vice president and general manager of the Super Compute Group at Intel.

Source: Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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