What two fingers, can do over 240 PFLOPS, and only give Europe a 50/50 share of the most powerful supercomputers in the world?
This supercomputer is here:
Dubbed the “Leonardo HPC System,” what you see above is the fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world and a major leap forward in creating Europe’s first exascale computer .
Leonardo is built on a design designed and developed by the French high-tech company Atos. Go online and start solving problems on the 24thth of November.
While people in America will be enjoying their Thanksgiving bags, Leo will be dedicated in Italy where he will go about the business of serving the important tax accounting needs of the scientific research community.
Leonardo in numbers:
- 3,500 Intel Xeon processors
- 14,000 Nvidia A100 GPU
- 4992 Intel Ice Lake computing
- 249 PFLOPS
- 100 Petabytes of storage
Once online, Leonardo will be the second most powerful supercomputer in Europe (behind its Finnish HPC system “LUMI”) and the fourth most powerful in the world (Behind Japan’s Fugaki in the second and the US’ Frontier in the first).
Leonardo was developed as part of the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU). With cooperation from the EU and several member states, the group’s main goal is to build the world’s fastest supercomputer: an exascale supercomputer called Jupiter, which is expected to go online in Germany in 2023 or 2024.
The most interesting thing about Leonardo is that he designed it with increasing imagination. Earlier this year the EuroHPC laid out future plans for increasing quantum performance for its supercomputers.
Going forward, Leonardo is slated for some quantum improvements. At EuroHPC, Cineca will manage the Italian nonprofit computing consortium a new quantum computer under the name of EuroHPC JU starting in 2023.
Leonardo’s specific design, called MSA (Modular Supercomputing Architecture), can be physically connected to a quantum computer through a wireless network through a connection called “co-localization.” It is a form of hybrid quantum supercomputing that allows two quantum architectures to communicate at high speeds to share information loads.
What this means for Europe is what we at Neural say: the European quantum computing sector is poised for massive growth. In the next two years, the EU should have the first, third, and fourth fastest supercomputers, with at least one of them working with a quantum computer.
In the future, as the development of quantum computing technology continues, EuroHPC’s Modular Supercomputing Architecture can ensure that Europe competes with the US and China. Although, as far as supercomputers go, it remains to be seen if the next Jupiter system will surpass the next US’ Aurora, but another exascale computer is planned for launch in the future next to.