'btrzx3' inaugurated at German university

A high‐performance computer at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, has been inaugurated during an elaborate ceremony.

The Bavarian state minister of science, research and art, Wolfgang Heubisch, and the Lord Mayor of the City of Bayreuth, Brigitte Merk‐Erbe, officially activated the system, named 'btrzx3', for its users.

Offering a performance of 97.6 teraflops, the HPC cluster is currently numbered among the world's highest-performance computers. It was developed and installed by the German manufacturer Megware.

Following on from 2005 and 2009, the Bavarian centre of higher education once again commissioned the supercomputer specialist Megware with the intention of delivering cutting‐edge, high‐performance technology.

The high‐performance computer, btrzx3, consists of a total of 12 server racks. It integrates 416 nodes, each consisting of two AMD Opteron 6348 2.8 GHz processors, and four four‐way servers. The computer nodes have 64GB or 128GB of RAM and are connected via a fast QDR InfiniBand network.

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