SAN JOSE, Calif. Europe has purchased its first petaflops-class supercomputer, an IBM BlueGene/P system to be installed by June.
German research center Forschungszentrum Juelich has purchased the machine for an undisclosed sum. It will be the first BlueGene/P to use water cooling, a technique applied to reduce the need for air conditioning.
The German Ministry of Research and Ministry of Research of Northrhine-Westfalia will finance the project as part of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. The system will include nearly 295,000 Power processors in 72 racks and more than 144 terabytes memory.
"Supercomputers of this performance level are universal key technology instruments to solve most complex and urgent scientific problems in many areas," said Achim Bachem, chairman of Forschungszentrum Juelich in a prepared statement.
"Scientists of all disciplines use supercomputers to identify climate changes, conduct research about protein folding in cells, how semiconductors work or how fuel cells can be improved," he added.
IBM broke the petaflops barrier with its Roadrunner systems installed in the U.S. in May. Cray became the second company to install a petaflops systems in November.
Earlier this month, IBM announced a deal to build a 20 petaflops system for the Lawrence Livermore Lab.