Tamás Schanda, Deputy Minister of Innovation and Technology, added that the Government Informatics Development Agency (KIFÜ) will launch new tools next spring that will significantly expand the opportunities of Hungarian researchers and boost the competitiveness of Hungarian companies.
Based on the concluded contract, the delivery of the new supercomputer, the acquisition of data storage and mechanical equipment, and its commissioning are expected to take place by the end of this year, Schanda explained the details.
The Komondor, with a total capacity of 5 petaflops, will be housed in the KIFÜ Supercomputer Center at the University of Debrecen. Hungary’s largest and most modern device will communicate with the outside world at 100 Gbit per second thanks to the HBONE + backbone network serving Hungarian higher education, public education, research and development, libraries and public collections, the deputy minister added.
The supercomputer can be used in many fields of science, with the help of which global challenges and complex scientific questions can be answered. It makes it possible to model, among other things, Earth’s weather, the biosphere, the functioning of living organisms and the birth of galaxies.
In everyday life, it can help deal with tasks such as weather forecasting, climate research, telecommunications, transport management, energy, production optimization, precision medicine and pharmaceutical research.
The supercomputer infrastructure operated by KIFÜ lays the foundation for increasing the innovation performance of Hungarian universities, researchers and market participants. The use of the supercomputer will be free for higher education institutions, research institutes and their partners.
Based on the development, cooperation with the university-based supercomputer center in Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Society, which manages the German research network, can be further deepened.
In the spring of 2022, users will be able to take possession of the new asset acquired via a net investment of HUF 3.1 billion.