Zeus supercomputer has reached the first hundred of the Top 500 for the third time

Excerpt from an article by Zuzanna Matyjak published in the HP Business Journal, Spring 2012:

In 2004, when the employees of the Cyfronet Academic Computer Center at AGH in Kraków began to create the Zeus supercomputer, nobody expected that in a few years it will become the most powerful machine in Poland and one of the most efficient machines in the world.

For the first time Zeus was placed on the Top500 list of the most powerful computers in the world in November 2009 - it took 331 position. A year later, it was promoted to the first hundred, where it has remained till now. In a recent statement, of November 2011, it took 88 position. The Zeus cluster from Krakow is used for the most demanding calculations in the field of chemistry, biology, nanotechnology, astrophysics (CTA project), quantum physics, energy technology and pharmacology, as well as for complex and resource-demanding calculations with other fields of science. Zeus is also part of the computing infrastructure at the prestigious international LHC project, coordinated by the Research Center for Nuclear Physics, CERN, in Switzerland, in which physicists form a number of Polish research institutes and universities take part (including more than 40 people from the University of Science and Technology). The Zeus supercomputer is part of a national computing infrastructure created under the Infrastructure for Supporting Science in ERA PL-Grid project, which provides an easy, free access to computing power to Polish scientific community. (...)

Polish machines on the Top500 list

On the last Top500 list of supercomputers, there were six Polish machines, which gives us 6th position in terms of the number of systems listed in the Top500 ranking.

  • The Zeus cluster located at Cyfronet in Krakow with its 15 264 cores and capacity of 128 TFlops was classified at 88th position.
  • 279th position was taken by the Galera Plus cluster from Gdansk, which is a part of the IT Center of Tricity Academic Computer Network (CI TASK). It has a capacity of 65.6 TFlops with 10 384 cores.
  • Boreas cluster with a capacity of 64 TFlops, working at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw (ICM) was classified at the 296th position.
  • The machine with the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PCSS) with a capacity of 63 TFlops is at the 298th position.
  • Allegro group server farm with its capacity of 59 TFlops was classified at 348th position in ranking. Supernova supercomputer with a capacity of 57 TFlops of Wrocław Supercomputing and Networking Center was 360th.

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