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German-Hungarian cooperation to expand supercomputing capacity

Hungary will now have the opportunity to build on the knowledge generated from the increase in data.

Károly Balázs Solymár, Deputy State Secretary for Digitalization at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, said that Hungary’s German partners are among the most important European players in supercomputing and have contributed to the Hungarian tender for the procurement of high-performance computing (HPC). 

Solymár’s words came at the signing of a framework cooperation agreement between the Governmental Information Technology Development Agency (KIFÜ), the German ParTec AG, and the Jülich Research Center. The new machine will be one of the top 100 in the world, he said, potentially putting Hungary at the top of the European league.

HPCs remove computing limits, as their capacity is almost inexhaustible. With a single petaflop of power, these machines can perform billions of operations per second. Hungary could soon have a 20-petaflop machine, and the tech from ParTec and the Jülich Research Center could put the country at the forefront of HPC applications in Europe.

The Director of the Jülich Research Center, Thomas Lippert, praised the competence of the Hungarian experts, adding that the technology will be able to support complex research.

The Managing Director of ParTec, Bernhardt Frohwitter, explained that the HPC technology developed in cooperation with Jülich Research Institute is globally competitive. Thanks to its modular design, it is easily scalable, giving it a big advantage over US and Chinese solutions, he added. 

The vice-president of KIFÜ, Endre Spaller, believes that the expansion of HPC capacity in Hungary will be a win-win situation for both the economy and science. Hungary has a breakthrough opportunity because the importance of data has increased, and it will have to build on the knowledge that can be generated from data in the coming decades, he added.

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