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JUPITER: Europe’s first-ever Supercomputer to Reach a Trillion Operations per Second

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The EuroHPC Joint Unit program of the European Union (EU) is pushing Europe’s drive for HPC (High-Performance Computing) significance. LUMI, which blends cutting-edge AMD technology in a quantum-ready system with breathtaking carbon-negative architecture, is already deployed but it is merely a prelude to the ultimate goal: The JUPITER. Joint Undertaking Pioneer for Innovative and Transformative Exascale Research supercomputer is the winner of this award.

JUPITER will be installed in Jülich’s Supercomputing Centre in Germany, and the EU has set aside €500 million ($522 million) for infrastructure, hardware, and installation costs alone. The system, which is expected to go online after 2024, will be the first on the continent to reach a trillion operations per second.

JUPITER will be utilized for climate modelling, materials engineering, biological simulations, and research into sustainable energy generation while utilizing the most recent AI acceleration

There hasn’t been any official indication on what hardware JUPITER will run on.  According to JUPITER’s star-based design, many supercomputing modules will be used in GPU visualization, including a universal, CPU-based accelerator cluster, a high-performance GPU cluster, a quantum computing node, and hot and cold storage clusters. In terms of more unique computational models, JUPITER will go one step farther than LUMI by incorporating a node dedicated completely to neuromorphic computing.

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While Frontier, the world’s most powerful supercomputer, consumes an average of 19 MW of electricity, JUPITER is reported to consume only 15 MW, a 22 percent reduction in power consumption within a few years of hardware development.

This is a roughly 50% reduction in power utilization when compared to the previous global champion in the supercomputing sector, Japan’s Arm-based Fugaku. Installed in 2020, it uses about 29 MW on average, with a peak performance of “only” 537.21 PFlop/s, less than half that of JUPITER.

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Nivedita Bangari
Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.

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