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EU awards tender for world-class supercomputing in Barcelona

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking has announced that Bull SAS (Atos) won the procurement of the MareNostrum 5, a new European world-class supercomputer.

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MareNostrum5 will be located in the premises of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and will become accessible to European researchers and industry in 2023. It will be able to execute at least 205 petaflops or 205 million billion calculations per second, placing it in the world's top 5 supercomputers. The new system represents a total investment of over €151 million, covering system acquisition and maintenance, with 50% coming from the EU and 50% from a Spanish-led consortium. MareNostrum 5 will be specifically dedicated to strengthen European medical research through drug research, the development of vaccines, and virus spread simulations, as well as artificial intelligence and big data processing applications. It will also support traditional supercomputing applications, such as climate research, engineering, materials science, and earth sciences.

The computing power of MareNostrum 5 will complement the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking's existing supercomputers: Discoverer in Bulgaria, MeluXina in Luxembourg, Vega in Slovenia, Karolina in Czechia and – since this Monday 13 June – also LUMI in Finland. Two other EuroHPC supercomputers are also under way: LEONARDO in Italy and Deucalion in Portugal.

Earlier this week, the EuroHPC announced five new hosting sites for a new generation of European supercomputers in Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and Poland. The sites will be connected and available to serve a wide range of European users in the scientific community, as well as industry in particular small and medium businesses, and the public sector across the EU and participating countries. More information is available in this press release  of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.