Hungary's Most Powerful Supercomputer Handed Over


The Komondor supercomputer, operated by the Governmental Information Technology Development Agency (KIFÜ), has been handed over in the city of Debrecen. The 5 petaflop system debuted in the midfield of the world's Top 500 supercomputers. 

The new machine is part of a large-scale supercomputer development program launched in recent years. The country's most powerful supercomputer to date can be used by higher education, public education, research centers, libraries, public collections, and government users, as well as by innovative market players with access speeds of nearly 100 Gb/s.

The High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure has become one of the most comprehensive research tools and a key driver of industrial innovation. The KIFÜ's high-tech, energy-efficient Cray EX system is the equivalent of the one used by the world's most powerful supercomputer (Frontier), manufactured by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). It also includes a dedicated Artificial Intelligence and data analysis partition with Komondor processors, including accelerators, to cover a wide spectrum of computing needs.

The installation and testing of the supercomputer started in September 2022 at the Supercomputing Center of the University of Debrecen.

"The result of more than two years of development is that today we can hand over Komondor to the users. With this computer, which is also outstanding in terms of performance at the regional level, we can carry out in-depth research in fields such as speech and face recognition, climate research, telecommunications, transport management, energy, production optimization, drug discovery, or precision medicine. Traditional computers are not suitable for these applications," said Endre Spaller, President of the Government Information Technology Development Agency.
Zoltán Bács, chancellor of the University of Debrecen, summarizing the role of the university, said that the Komondor was placed in the building infrastructure on the Kassai út campus of the university, which was built by the university in 2014 with its own funds specifically for this purpose. Data science and artificial intelligence also play a major role in the training and scientific portfolio of the Faculty of Informatics of the University of Debrecen. And the waste heat generated alongside the computing power can be used in the neighboring municipal swimming pool following technical, commercial, and accounting solutions, saving separate cooling tasks, thus enabling a double energy efficiency innovation as a "by-product".
László Papp, Mayor of the City of Debrecen, said that "the HPC development in Debrecen is the largest-scale IT development in Hungary in a decade, and the city of Debrecen will also benefit from the results. The city of Debrecen has everything it takes to help talented university students and researchers find their calling."


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