The petascale system Karolina will be installed in 2021. The system will be among the most powerful HPC systems in Europe. Today, the HPC system would rank 21st worldwide and 6th in Europe. When installed in 2021, it will belong among the 50 most powerful supercomputers worldwide and 20 most powerful supercomputers in Europe. The HPC system is designed to coherently respond to the needs of its user communities, addressing complex scientific and industrial challenges, including standard numerical simulations, demanding data analysis, and artificial intelligence applications.

The new supercomputer shall reach a theoretical peak performance of 15.2 PFlop/s, which corresponds to 15.2 quadrillion floating-point operations per second. 

The supercomputer will consist of 6 main parts:  

  • a universal part for standard numerical simulations, which will consist of approximately 720 computer servers with a theoretical peak performance of 3.8 PFlop/s
  • an accelerated part with 70 servers and each of them being equipped with 8 GPU accelerators providing a performance of 11 PFlop/s for standard HPC simulations and up to 150 PFlop/s for artificial intelligence computations,  
  • a part designated for large dataset processing that will provide a shared memory of as high as 24 TB, and a performance of 74 TFlop/s, 
  • 36 servers with a performance of 131 TFlop/s will be dedicated for providing cloud services, 
  • a high-speed network to connect all parts as well as individual servers at a speed of up to 200 Gb/s,
  • data storages that will provide space for more than 1 PB of user data and will also include high-speed data storage with a speed of 1 TB/s for simulations as well as computations in the fields of advanced data analysis and artificial intelligence. 
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