Advanced computing: most powerful supercomputer in Southern Italy ready to start operating, for research and innovation
In Portici, near Naples, a new supercomputer, with a computational capacity of 700,000 billion mathematical operations per second, will start operations soon to support research and development activities.
CRESCO6 is the most powerful computing infrastructure located in Southern Italy and it has been recently inaugurated at the presence of Jack Dongarra, professor at the University of Tennessee and one of the most important experts of supercomputing worldwide, and Italian leading companies.
Resulting from the collaboration of ENEA and CINECA – the major computing centre in Italy – CRESCO6 joins two other supercomputers of a total of about 125 TeraFLOPS, which are already operating at the ENEA research centre in Portici.
Its activities will range from climate to quality of air, from the study of new materials for the production of clean energy to biotechnology, from fluidodynamics for the aerospace sector to simulations for the management of critical infrastructures, from computational chemistry to the development of codes for nuclear fusion.
"Thanks to a calculation power 7 times higher than the previous versions, we will be able to process in just a few weeks data which previously required a year’s work, such as predictive models for the study of climate change and air pollution forecasts with a very accurate territorial detail", said Giovanni Bracco, Head of the ENEA Laboratory "Scientific Computing Infrastructures.
The supercomputer aims at providing institutions, universities and companies with high technological content with last-generation simulation and modelling instruments, to support their research and development activities.
The development of CRESCO6 is part of the strategic actions envisaged by ENEA's 2018-2020 development plan aimed at confirming its position among the major national actors of the High-Performance Computing.
A positioning that is also confirmed by ENEA’s participation in EoCoE: the Center of Excellence for Computing Applications, funded by the Horizon 2020 European Union research and innovation programme.
Through high-performance computing, the European network EoCoE – in which Italy is involved with the National Research Council and the Tor Vergata University of Rome – aims at accelerating the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy in strategic sectors such as new materials, climate change, research on nuclear fusion, water management.
All fields where also CRESCO6 will be able to provide relevant contribution.