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Nordic region's most powerful supercomputer enters Top500

DALLAS, United States – November 14, 2018 — The 52nd edition of the TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers has been announced at SC18, the international conference for high performance computing (HPC). ClusterVision, one of Europe’s dedicated HPC specialists, is pleased to announce the addition to the list of the first phase of Tetralith, the latest flagship supercomputer of National Supercomputer Centre (NSC) at Linkoping University, Sweden. Once fully installed, Tetralith will be the most powerful supercomputer in the Nordic region.

The Intel-based system reached a performance of one petaflop on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, coming in at position 421 on the TOP500. The theoretical peak performance will eventually reach 4.0 petaflops. Built by ClusterVision, Tetralith has 60,544 cores and will amplify Sweden’s capacity for scientific research and discovery. The Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) provides all researchers in Sweden with access to the cluster. Tetralith replaces the centre’s previous flagship cluster, Triolith. The second installation phase of Tetralith is currently ongoing.

The first users accessed the cluster in September. The full cluster will go into production in January 2019. Most of the research done on the cluster will be in the fields of materials science, fluid dynamics, quantum chemistry, and bioinformatics.

ClusterVision has had over twenty entries on the TOP500 since the first list debuted in 2005. Besides Tetralith, the current list also includes two other ClusterVision installations: Saudi Aramco’s MAKMAN-2 cluster at #88 with a performance of 2.25 petaflops, which has been on the TOP500 since 2015; and another recently delivered installation at NSC, coming in at #479 with a Linpack performance of 0.9 petaflops.

Past TOP500 lists have included clusters at HPC Midlands Plus, Technische Universität Wien, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft MPI / Albert-Einstein-Institut, and Universität Frankfurt. The combined BiFrost installation at NSC Linköping was previously also listed on the TOP500.

About NSC Linköping
The National Supercomputer Centre in Sweden (NSC) provides leading edge high performance computing resources and support to users throughout Sweden. NSC is an independent center within Linköping University. NSC is funded by the Swedish Research Council via SNIC (Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing). NSC also has long term partnerships with SAAB (the aerospace and defense company), SMHI (the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute), and MET Norway (the Norwegian Meteorological Institute).

About ClusterVision
ClusterVision specialises in high performance computing (HPC) solutions. HPC accelerates discovery. It is with this in mind that ClusterVision provides state-of-the-art, fully tailored HPC clusters to researchers and innovators all over Europe. With in-house software development and a large team of technical specialists (60% technical staff), we work to not just participate in HPC, but to advance the technology behind it. By providing customised solutions accompanied by an exhaustive set of services and trainings, we ensure that our customers can take maximum advantage of HPC technology in order to expand knowledge and advance their respective fields of study.