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Luxembourg acquires €30 million supercomputer

Luxembourg acquires €30 million supercomputer

by KO 29.09.2020 From our online archive
The computer will be located at a data centre in Bissen and launched in 2021
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel announcing the acquisition of the supercomputer Photo: Lex Kleren
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel announcing the acquisition of the supercomputer Photo: Lex Kleren

Luxembourg has acquired a European 'supercomputer' for €30 million which will be launched in 2021, the economy ministry said on Tuesday, part of Europe's efforts to avoid becoming dependent on technology outside the bloc's borders.

The Grand Duchy will become home to the computer which can be used in a wide range of areas that need high-performance computing such as predicting weather patterns or designing new medicines.

It was first announced Luxembourg would be hosting one of the 'supercomputers' in July last year.

The computer is part of a project by the European Commission and will be located in Bissen, a town north of Luxembourg city which tech giant Google has earmarked for its own data centre, will host one of the high-performance computing machines.

The push to build the powerful computers forms part of the European Union's efforts to stay on top of digital change and avoid becoming dependent on technology located outside the bloc’s borders.

The EU's decision to locate a supercomputer in Luxembourg comes after the country was chosen as the headquarters for the legal and financial structure overseeing the creation of a European supercomputer network.

Such computers will also be installed in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

Europe currently consumes around 29% of all supercomputing resources worldwide but the EU industry only provides around 5% of this – with no EU supercomputer in the top 10 globally.

The Luxembourg supercomputer, co-financed by the EU, will have a power of 10 million billion petaflops per second, which equates to around 10 million billion calculations per second, the government said.

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