Czech Republic to have access to world-leading LUMI supercomputer

The country will be among ten European states with access to one of the world's fastest computers, which will be as big as a tennis court

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Written by ČTK
Published on 02.11.2020 12:38 (updated on 02.11.2020)

Prague, Nov 2 (CTK) - The Czech Republic will be one of ten European countries that will have access to the LUMI supercomputer, the Education Ministry said in a press release today.

LUMI will be one of the world’s top supercomputers when it begins operating in Kajaani, Finland in mid-2021.

The Czech Republic paid 1.6 million euros for the access to LUMI, which will weigh about 150 tons and be as big as a tennis court.

The ministry said the investment in LUMI brings new research and trade opportunities for European countries.

Apart from the Czech Republic, the LUMI consortium of countries with access to the supercomputer includes Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.

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The European joint undertaking EuroHPC will be a co-owner of the computer. Under EuroHPC, two similar supercomputers will be built in Spain and Italy in the following years.

Also within EuroHPC, the Czech Republic will have its own supercomputer, EURO-IT4I, at the Technical University in Ostrava in early 2021. Valued at 14.86 million euros, EURO-IT4I is likely to be one of the ten best computers in Europe.

EuroHPC is joint undertaking between 32 European countries. The Czech Republic joined two years ago.