European Commission: A new European supercomputer, inaugurated in Finland

According to the EC, LUMI is the fastest and most energy efficient supercomputer in Europe and also the third fastest in the world.

This is a joint action of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and a consortium of ten European countries: Finland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.

LUMI is the first pre-exascale supercomputer of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking to be launched. It will have an expected maximum performance of 550 petaflops (550 million calculations per second), being fully powered by energy from renewable sources. It uses natural cooling systems, and its residual heat will account for about 20% of Kajaani’s district heating, substantially reducing the city’s annual carbon footprint.

The EC announces that LUMI will become generally accessible to European users in September 2022 and will help accelerate the creation of new knowledge and solutions to global societal challenges.

“Today marks an important step towards the digital and green transformation of Europe. LUMI is now the fastest and most energy efficient supercomputer in Europe and also one of the most powerful in the world. Due to its massive computing power, LUMI will allow for much faster scientific discoveries, for example in medical and climate research. It could be about developing vaccines, diagnosing cancer or mitigating the effects of climate change. This is a great example of the enormous potential of artificial intelligence to improve our lives, “said Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President for a Digital Europe.

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