During its operation, more than 2.6 million computing jobs were run on it in 725 research projects in fields such as material sciences, computational chemistry, biosciences, and engineering. At the end of January, its operation permanently ceased. However, it will find another application as part of the World of Civilization exhibition in Dolní/Lower Vítkovice.
The Anselm supercomputer provided by Atos ceased its operation at the end of January. It was the first ever system at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center. For the first 3 years it was placed in makeshift containers on the campus of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, and was subsequently moved to the data room of the newly constructed IT4Innovations building. In fact, it has been put into operation twice, which is not the case for every supercomputer. The supercomputer was named after one of the first deep coal mines in Ostrava, which was named by its owner, Salomon Mayer von Rothschild, after his son.
Although Anselm is leaving the IT4Innovations data room, it will not end up on the scrap heap. The supercomputer will find further application in the World of Civilization exhibition, which is to open in April 2021 at the World of Technology installation in the Lower Vítkovice area. Anybody will thus be able to take a closer look at it.
“Anselm has done a really huge amount of work at our centre, performing a large number of calculations within interesting projects and thus being a support for the research community in the Czech Republic. Every time something old ends, something new begins, and so while Anselm is heading to an imaginary Silicon Heaven, its successor, the Barbora supercomputer, is in full force and serves our users," says Branislav Jansík, the IT4Innovations Supercomputing Services Director. "At the same time, I am very happy that Anselm will find a new use in the Lower Vítkovice area, and so while users could only virtually connect to it, all visitors will be able to literally touch it," adds Jansík.
The function of Anselm at IT4Innovations was taken up by the Barbora supercomputer, which was officially launched in October 2019 and, like Anselm, was supplied by Atos. The combined theoretical peak performance of Barbora, which is built on the BullSequana X HPC architecture, is over 800 TFlop/s, nearly 9 times more than the now outdated Anselm supercomputer, which had 94 TFlop/s.
"In its time, Anselm was unique and helped IT4Innovations and thus the whole of the Czech Republic to be incorporated on the (Road)map of Europe's most important research supercomputing centres. We are pleased to have made this contribution to the development of science and research at both the national and European level," says Jaroslav Vojtěch, Head of the Big Data Group at Atos.
Zuzana Cervenkova, Spokesperson for IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center
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