GUEST BLOG BY Dr. Herbert Huber, Head of High-Performance Systems Division, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities is one of the largest academic data centers in Europe; we provide high-performance computing resources to researchers from across the continent.

For complex projects in physics, cosmology or the life sciences, more and more compute performance is needed to push boundaries further and gain new insights. To give researchers the resources they need to run huge simulations and gain ground-breaking insight into the way the universe works, we needed to extend our computing capacities.

SuperMUC Phase 2—our new supercomputer based on 3,072 Lenovo NeXtScale nx360 M5 compute nodes with direct water-cooling design—gives users a whole new level of compute performance.

Researchers can run larger simulations than ever before with up to 1 quadrillion cells, which increases the resolution for molecular simulations by a factor of 100. A cosmology simulation showing 10 percent of the visible universe was recently run on SuperMUC Phase 2—something that would not have been possible on our previous system. Similarly, a seismic reconstruction problem took just 55 seconds, compared to 16 hours in the past.

Researchers get better results faster with the Lenovo solution. What’s more, LRZ saves 35 percent in operational costs thanks to the innovative direct water-cooling design—a win-win situation.

For more information, read our full Leibniz Supercomputing Centre case study.

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