CINECA case study: the supercomputers that are pushing HPC boundaries

Think Progress Team

Friday 25 November 2016

High-performance computing at CINECA is enabling scientists to process and transform huge amounts of data, bringing insightful results to life.

To meet constant demands from researchers for more advanced, scalable and energy-efficient solutions, and to help teams conduct vital research in topics such as the human brain, CINECA has deployed a powerful yet ‘green’ supercomputer called Marconi. This is an important achievement for CINECA: currently the largest computing centre in Italy.

Marconi is a Tier-0 system designed in collaboration with Lenovo. Its high-performance interconnectivity scales the system’s thousands of servers, enabling scientists to transform data into new insights across disciplines such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, medicine, and urban planning. While reaching a performance of about 20 PFlop/s, it keeps a low energy consumption.

Our mission is to support the scientific and academic communities in their journey towards research, discovery and innovation. To achieve this, we provide state-of-the-art supercomputing solutions as well as highly sophisticated data processing and data management capabilities within our recently developed big data environment.

Sanzio Bassini, HPC Director at CINECA

The Marconi supercomputer is helping to maintain the institution’s status as a major global player in academic research. Widely recognised, it has recently joined the Top500 List, ranking an impressive number 12.

Marconi is being rolled out in phases and expected to be completed in June 2017. More information on its deployment is available in this press release.

To learn more about CINECA’s ground-breaking research and supercomputing advancements, access our case study.


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