Supercomputer to support Italian research: Galileo is ready to start operations
After a period of testing, “Galileo”, a supercomputer dedicated to scientific and engineering research installed at Cineca, Bologna, has come into full operation. It joins “Fermi”, the fastest supercomputer in Italy (so far). Galileo is the result of the collaboration between the interuniversity consortium Cineca, the National Institute for Nuclear Physics of the National Research Council (INFN-CNR) and the University of Milano-Bicocca.
Galileo can perform a million billion operations per second for the Italian research. Technically, it is an IBM/Lenovo Nextscale machine configured with 516 nodes for a total of 8256 Intel Haswell processors, 768 Intel Phi floating point accelerators and 80 nVidia K80 floating point accelerators, with 1 PetaByte of disk space, equal to 1,000 TeraBytes.
The new supercomputer will be available to all researchers affiliated to Italian research institutes and universities to solve current scientific issues but also to enhance strategies and calculation programmes to have access to the most powerful European supercomputing centres, such as “Prace”, the research infrastructure funded by the European Commission.
“Galileo will make a significant contribution to research in computational theoretical physics at the National Institute for Nuclear Physics – explained Raffaele Tripiccione of INFN – by providing appropriate calculation tools to support the ambitious ongoing scientific programmes in the areas of physics for fundamental interactions and physics of complex systems."
“The co-financing of Galileo – reported Sanzio Bassini, Director of the Department of Supercomputing and Applications at Cineca – is a fine example of pooling of expertise and resources between the different actors of the national research system to be more efficient and to have a competitive computing infrastructure in Italy despite the limited resources available.”
“The scientific challenges of our time require quality of research and appropriate tools – stated Federico Rapuano, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca –: With this investment our University aims to consolidate the results achieved so far and successfully compete in the scenario of the pursuit of excellence at the international level in the various fields of computational science.”