Finland uses supercomputers to explore climate change


In Finland, the IT Center for Science has embarked on an initiative to expand research and development of next-generation technologies and the impact of climate change on the environment.

The Center, in partnership with the Meteorological Institute, signed a deal which allows the use of a fast and resilient network to accelerate a multi-phase supercomputer system.

The 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solution will be provided by Mellanox Technologies.

The supercomputers, set for rollout in 2019 and 2020, will be used by researchers from universities and research institutes in sectors including climate change, renewable energy, astrophysics, nanomaterials and bioscience.

The supercomputer system programme is expected to enhance high performance computing and Artificial Intelligence research, providing 5 times higher performance capacity for scientists and researchers.

Pekka Lehtovuori, Director of services for research at CSC, said: “By utilising HDR InfiniBand In-Network Computing acceleration engines, and the innovative Dragonfly network topology design, we will provide our users with a world-leading performance and scalability system and optimise our total cost of ownership.”

The supercomputers are provided by Atos.