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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Selected to Build Czech Republic’s Most Powerful Supercomputer to Advance R&D in Science and Engineering

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center gains faster performance and targeted AI capabilities for data-intensive research using HPE Apollo systems featuring NVIDIA A100 GPUs

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, a leading high-performance computing (HPC) center for R&D and innovation in the Czech Republic, has selected HPE to build the Czech Republic’s most powerful supercomputer. The agreement is part of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, an initiative between the EU, European countries and industry technology partners to coordinate and combine their resources to develop world-class exascale supercomputers in Europe.

The new supercomputer, with the working title “EURO_IT4I” that was given by IT4Innovations, will be powered by supercomputing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions from HPE to advance modeling and simulation capabilities and accelerate discovery for ongoing research in science, medicine and engineering. Example areas that IT4Innovations aims to target by using the system include improving weather forecasting, developing greener and sustainable infrastructure, and advancing drug discovery to find a cure to COVID-19.

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“We are pleased to be working together with HPE to contribute to the goal of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking to offer industry-leading HPC and AI technologies and expertise to European and Czech research teams,” said Vit Vondrak, Director at IT4Innovations“HPE is uniquely positioned to provide the complete infrastructure and services that the next era of supercomputing demands, and together we are delivering one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe that will benefit science, industry and society as a whole.”

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IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center is part of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava and together with two other institutions, forms e-INFRA CZ, the biggest e-infrastructure for science, research and education in the Czech Republic.

With new HPE-powered solutions, IT4Innovations is expanding its R&D resources to enable AI techniques that can significantly improve accuracy and speed up discovery when applied to simulations of complex scientific data. IT4Innovations’ new system will also be significantly faster to perform more calculations than ever before with a theoretical peak performance of 15 petaflops, an equivalent to 15 quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

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HPE will power the new supercomputer with the HPE Apollo 2000 and HPE Apollo 6500 systems that are purpose-built to support the combination of HPC workloads, such as modeling and simulation, with AI and other data-intensive applications. It features over 500 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs and network for targeted AI performance.

HPE will also include the HPE Apollo 2000 Direct Liquid Cooled System to increase energy efficiency and power density by transferring heat generated by the new supercomputer with a liquid-cooled process. To further manage data processing and storage from large AI workloads and applications at scale, HPE will also integrate the Cray ClusterStor E1000 storage system, which utilizes tailored software and hardware features to meet high-performance storage requirements of any size and support IT4Innovations’s ongoing data growth.

“HPE delivers the world’s most powerful supercomputing technologies and by being a part of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, we are committed to partnering with national European organizations to power their future pre-exascale and exascale journeys,” said Jan Kameníček, Managing Director at HPE Czech Republic. “HPE will closely collaborate with IT4Innovations to meet its specific R&D needs with powerful HPC and AI technologies that will significantly increase performance and enable new capabilities for growing data-intensive applications. We look forward supporting their research missions and enable their community to tackle more complex scientific challenges and accelerate innovation.”

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