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Hornet to Deliver More Than 7 Petaflops in 2015

Contract for Installation Phase II of Cray XC40 Supercomputer Hornet Signed

Stuttgart/Germany,  November 19, 2013  – The planned system expansion of supercomputer Hornet of High Performance Computing Center of University Stuttgart (HLRS) has officially been sealed with all involved parties signing the contract for “Installation Step II of HPC system Hornet” today at University Stuttgart. The system expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. HLRS system Hornet will then deliver a peak performance of more than seven petaflops (quadrillion mathematical calculations per second) of high performance computing (HPC) power and feature 2.3 petabytes of additional file system storage.

“We are happy to continue our close collaboration with Cray to provide our researchers and scientists, as well as our industrial partners in the automotive and aerospace industries, with the computational resources of highly advanced supercomputing systems,” said Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch, director of HLRS. “Reliability, performance, support and customer service are vitally important to us, and Cray and its supercomputers continue to meet the requirements of our organization and our vast user community. We are excited that the Cray XC40 supercomputer will power our research for the next several years.”

Today’s signed contract guarantees the second implementation step of supercomputer Hornet, a system expansion that happens according to the earlier agreed HPC systems roadmap of HLRS. The first step of Hornet is currently in the process of being gradually implemented and will, over the next 15 months, ensure a smooth transition from HLRS’s Cray XE6 system Hermit to Hornet’s XC40-technology.

The multi-year contract signed with Cray, Inc. consists of products and services and is valued at more than $30 million. The system expansion at HLRS is funded through project PetaGCS with support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg.

HLRS is one of the three member centres of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), the national HPC institution offering world-class supercomputing capabilities for scientific and industrial research. As with Hermit, the new HLRS HPC system Hornet complements the system architectures provided by the other two GCS member centres Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Garching/Munich (LRZ), which runs a System X iDataPlex from IBM, and Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), which hosts an IBM BlueGene/Q system nick-named JUQUEEN. By combining these three Tier-0 supercomputing centres into one national institution, GCS offers the by far largest and most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in all Europe. 

About HLRS:  The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart is one of the three German supercomputer institutions forming the national Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. HLRS supports German and pan-European researchers as well as industrial users with leading edge supercomputing technology. HLRS’s HPC system Hermit is the No. 2 supercomputer world-wide used for industrial science and research activities (TOP500, November 2013, sub-list “industry”).