The fourth European supercomputer has been inaugurated.  It is the strongest so far

A consortium of entities from ten European countries has inaugurated the latest EU-funded supercomputer – LUMI, located in Kajaani, Finland, according to a European Commission statement.

“LUMI is the fastest and most energy efficient supercomputer in Europe, ranking third as the fastest in the world. It is a joint effort of the European High Performance Computing Undertaking and the consortium of ten European countries: Finland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President for A Europe Ready for the Digital Age, said:

“Today is an important step towards the digital and green transformation of Europe. Lumi is now the fastest and most energy efficient supercomputer in Europe and one of the most powerful in the world. Thanks to its massive computing power, Lumi will enable scientific advances in, for example, medicine and climate research at a much faster rate. It could also be used to develop vaccines, diagnose cancer or mitigate the effects of climate change. This is a great example of the enormous potential of artificial intelligence to improve our lives. “

LUMI is the first supercomputer designed by this consortium that has a computing level capable of running more than 100 petaflops. It will have an expected performance of up to 550 petaflops (550 million calculations per second) while being fully powered by renewable energy: LUMI uses natural cooling systems and residual heat will account for almost 20% of district heating in the city of Kajaani, substantially reducing the annual carbon footprint of the entire city.

LUMI will be generally accessible to European users in September 2022 and will help accelerate the creation of new knowledge and solutions to global societal challenges.

Its computing power will complement existing supercomputers in the same consortium: Discoverer in Bulgaria, MeluXina in Luxembourg, Vega in Slovenia and Karolina in the Czech Republic. Other European supercomputers are developing: LEONARDO in Italy, Deucalion in Portugal and MareNostrum 5 in Spain, ”reads a press release.

Photo: Pekka Agarth / lumi-supercomputer.eu

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