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University commissions new supercomputer

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Megware, the German supercomputing company, has won a contract from the University of Bayreuth in Germany for the production and supply of a new supercomputer. Intensive computer applications will run using the Linux Cluster, which will be delivered in spring 2013. It is called `btrzx3´.

Some 1.25 million euros are available for the HPC system, which is based on AMD processors. A total of 9,696 processor cores are built into 402 nodes, which are linked with a fast QDR Infiniband network.

Several of Megware's own developments will also be supplied. The specifically developed Megware ClustWare will be installed to enable easy administration of the cluster and it will be fitted with extensive monitoring functions. Megware ClustSafe will be used for power distribution.

Eight companies submitted tenders. 'Benchmarks were used to determine the computing power. We selected typical calculations from research fields, which will run on the new high-performance computer in the future, said Dr Andreas Grandel, head of the IT service centre at the University of Bayreuth.

'Megware achieved the best result and was able to balance price and performance in a convincing way.'