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A new supercomputer may be up and running in 2022

Experts are working to ensure that the new High-Performance Computing (HPC) investment can start in Hungary as soon as possible.

Zoltán Szijártó, President of the Government Informatics Development Agency (KIFÜ), told the daily newspaper Világgazdaság that Hungary could once again be at the forefront of the world with the performance of its supercomputer infrastructure.

Due to its special needs, such an infrastructure must be located in a data center designed for this purpose, he stressed. The power requirements of the computer also require special conditions and the provision of an independent power source. The device is cooled by hot water, which requires additional individual operating solutions, plus it is environmentally important to be able to recycle large amounts of waste heat nearby, he added.

Continuous improvement is very important. Supercomputers can be seen as essential research tools that are used in all disciplines as basic infrastructure. A country that does not provide this for its research and innovative companies is lagging behind or at a competitive disadvantage, he pointed out. 

KIFÜ currently operates six supercomputers, which are located in Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc and Szeged, and has been cooperating with the University of Debrecen for the past 10 years to place the next HPC in the HPC center in Debrecen, he said.

The most recent investment in infrastructure was in 2015, which doubled Hungary’s high-computing performance; Hungary then boasted the world’s 308th fastest supercomputer. 

Considering the current top 500 list, this new supercomputer, KIFÜ Komondor, will be around 60th place.

The current development will be implemented in two stages, with a total cost of HUF 5.8 billion.

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