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ETH Inaugurates Europe’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

Science Business (03/26/14) 

ETH Board president Fritz Schiesser recently inaugurated Piz Daint, a supercomputer housed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) that is now ranked as the most powerful computer in Europe. Piz Daint is the result of the first phase of the national High-Performance Computing and Networking Strategy. Although Piz Daint has been at CSCS for about a year, only recently did it break the petaflop barrier following an upgrade from 12 computer cabinets to 28 and a hybrid expansion with graphics processing units (GPUs). In addition, the combination of GPUs and conventional processors, which together can process about 3.2 billion computer operations per watt, makes Piz Daint one of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers in the petaflop performance class. “Thanks to projects like [the Swiss Platform for High-Performance and High-Productivity Computing] and [the Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC)], [CSCS director] Thomas Schulthess and his team have also managed to position Swiss researchers at the cutting edge of algorithm and software development worldwide,” says PASC’s Ralph Eichler.

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