Bulgarian supercomputer Discoverer surpasses projected computing power

This achievement ranks it among the top 500 high-performing computing systems worldwide

Photo: Atos

The Bulgarian supercomputer Discoverer has operationally surpassed its projected computing power and peak performance, Sofia Tech Park announced on 11 June. The features of the machine, which is part of the network of the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) – underwent a series of tests conducted in the past week by Atos, the supplier of the technology.

Working at 100% capacity, Discoverer showed excellent results, with its processing speed reaching 4.518 petaFLOPS compared to the projected 4.44 petaFLOPS, while registering peak performance of 6,006.37 petaFLOPS compared to the projected 6 petaFLOPS.

“The test results give us confidence that this machine will be included in the TOP500 global lists for supercomputer performance,” says Petar Statev, chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Sofia Tech Park. The team of Supercomputer Petascale - Bulgaria has already submitted the required paperwork with the international organisation compiling the lists, the deadline for which was 11 June 2021.

“Where we rank on the latest TOP500 list will become clear when the official complete ranking comes out, but what is more important is that Bulgaria will finally appear on that global list,” added Statev, who also chairs the Management Board of the Supercomputer Petascale – Bulgaria consortium.

The inclusion of Discoverer among the top 500 high-performance computing (HPC) systems worldwide will put Bulgaria on the map of high-tech countries and turn it into a digital hub for Southeast Europe, Sofia Tech Park representatives point out.

Supercomputer Petascale – Bulgaria is a consortium bringing together the expertise of member organisations and more than 15 years of experience in applied sciences. A leading partner in the organisation is Sofia Tech Park. The consortium is tasked with carrying out the project of creating a supercomputer in Bulgaria as part of the EuroHPC JU network. The system is located on the territory of Sofia Tech Park. The project is financed by the Bulgarian state and EuroHPC JU.

The main goal of the supercomputer in Bulgaria is to support scientific research and development operations and stimulate the industry relying on the use of technologies for the purposes of simulation, modelling and optimisation. The supercomputer’s capabilities can also be used in various applied fields to meet the needs of a large number of public and private users, including small and mid-sized enterprises at Bulgarian, regional and European level.

The HPC system will be optimised to operate in many different fields, including bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, molecular dynamics and mechanics, quantum chemistry and biochemistry, artificial intelligence, personalised medicine, bioengineering, weather forecasting, combating climate change, etc.

The HPC system’s capacity in Bulgaria will be complemented by four more Petascale supercomputers, part of the EuroHPC JU network, which will be located in Luxembourg, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Portugal, as well as three pre-exascale systems in Finland, Italy and Spain.

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