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New era of supercomputing could lead to breakthroughs in  science and medicine

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

·   Forschungszentrum Jülich, ParTec and Intel have signed a multi-year  agreement to form the ExaCluster Laboratory at Jülich

·   The ExaCluster Laboratory  is the latest member of Intel Labs Europe

·   The ExaCluster Laboratory is closely aligned with Intel’s European  high-performance computing research to reach exaFLOPS

 

HAMBURG, May 31, 2010 – Forschungszentrum Jülich, ParTec and Intel have  signed a multi-year agreement to create the ExaCluster Laboratory at Jülich. The  new lab will be a private/public collaboration and explore the key challenges of  building computing systems with a thousand times the performance of today’s  fastest supercomputers. Closely aligned with Intel’s high-performance computing  research it will be the latest member of Intel’s European research network - Intel Labs  Europe.

The ExaCluster Laboratory is Intel Labs Europe’s 20th research  lab. It will initially employ about a dozen researchers and is expected to  approximately triple its employment over time. Following the creation of the Exascale  Computing Research Center in Paris last fall, the ExaCluster Laboratory is  Intel’s second joint lab in Europe focused exclusively on high-performance  computing research. It complements and extends Intel’s existing high-performance computing  research programs, investments and initiatives, including the Intel  Academic Community Program and c.a.r.u.s. IT AG’s “Drug  Discovery Transformed” project.

“The Forschungszentrum Jülich has taken a leading role in driving  high-performance computing research in Europe,” said Kirk Skaugen, Vice  President and General Manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “We have chosen to  work with Forschungszentrum Jülich because of their strong history of  innovations in the area of high- performance computing.”

The ExaCluster Laboratory will conduct research to address key problems of  systems management software for large heterogeneous super computer systems to  reach exaFLOPS performance. This includes research on open exascale runtime  system software, software tools and simulation software. The term exaFLOPS  describes the processing of one trillion – or 1 million million million –  instructions per second. Supercomputers working at that speed are referred to as  “exascale” systems.

Examples of “grand challenge” problems that could be aided by the use of  exascale systems are understanding extremely complex health care and biochemical  phenomena like detailed whole organ modeling or more precisely predicting tumor  behavior. The more interdependencies a supercomputer can comprehend the more  meaningful the simulation results will be to doctors and scientists. Performing  such complex simulations require fast, repeated computation of complex formulas.  For a timely analysis required calculations demand multi-petaFLOPS and exaFLOPS  compute performance which is unavailable today. The value of solving such grand  challenge problems and the need for exascale computing power to enable it is  widely recognized by the IT industry. The ExaCluster Laboratory’s and Intel’s  work with the European high performance computing community are expected to push  the boundaries of computing to deliver exaFLOPS capable supercomputers.

”We look forward to collaborating with Intel on the race to exaFLOPS  performance ,” said Prof. Dr. Achim Bachem, Chairman of the Forschungszentrum  Jülich.

Intel has a rich history of innovation and creativity in Europe with research  and development programs encompassing areas such as atomic-level chip design and  research, software development, mobile communications and services,  and  research on technologies that could help the aging population to lead healthier,  better lives.

Intel’s research and development efforts include Intel-owned  labs focused on development of Intel products, joint research with European  universities, open innovation and collaboration with industry and academia,  participation in EU framework programs and cooperative standards development  work with industry partners that deliver increased value and productivity to  consumers.

 

 

About Intel Labs Europe

            Intel R&D/Innovation in Europe is driven by a network of  research labs, product labs and innovation labs spanning the region as well as a  variety of Intel business units. Intel Labs Europe was formally established in  early 2009 as the central means of coordinating activities across this diverse  and extensive network, and to strengthen and improve Intel’s alignment with  European R&D. Today, Intel Labs Europe consists of 20 labs employing more  than 900 research professionals.

 

About Intel

            Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation.  The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the  foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel  is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.

 

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CONTACTS:

Markus Weingartner

+49-89-9914-3145

markus.weingartner@intel.com

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