Europe on Thursday inaugurated its Leonardo supercomputer, the world’s fourth most powerful

The world’s fourth largest supercomputer will be exclusively operational this week On Thursday, 24 November. Its development has been made possible thanks to a consortium between the European Commission, various EU member states and private companies such as the French company Atos and the Italian computer center CINECA.

‘Leonardo’ The computer is named and is capable of performing 250,000 trillion calculations per second. Its capability would allow Europe to predict extreme weather events and mitigate their consequences or develop medical solutions and industrial applications.

EU set up computer In an old tobacco factory in Bologna (Italy) And it is the second largest supercomputer on the continent. The first to be commissioned Lumi, the world’s third most powerful, costing around 120 million euros, is located in Finland and has been operational since last July.

A senior European official at Agencia EFE admitted, “We are now a bit blind about the future. It’s like working in a tunnel where we see some light, but we don’t really know our way out: that’s it.” is the place where Highly advanced artificial intelligence and computing are needed,

Possible applications of Leonardo’s calculations

With this new supercomputer, Europe hopes to be able to more accurately predict natural events that could have devastating effects. some of them may be typhoon, hurricane, tsunami, earthquake or volcanic eruption. In addition to predicting them, the researchers intend to use Leonardo to better manage and resolve risks.

Another possible use could be medicine. For example, computers would be able to map brain connections and this could work to advance study of neuroscience, It would also be useful to improve medical devices such as pacemakers, or to study how the heart works and correct certain abnormalities.

inside industrial applications, Leonardo will help in various sectors like energy, pharmaceuticals, automobile, national security etc.

This is the Fugaku supercomputer, developed by Fujitsu and Riken.

Commitment to supercomputers in the European Union

“It is an investment in our future and a fundamental element of a smarter, safer and better society,” says the EFE source. European Commission to invest in supercomputers until 2027 about 8,000 million euros and will work to create and operate a European network of this technology.

At the moment, part of the investment is gone two high performance supercomputers (Lumi and Leonardo) and five midrange computers (up to 100 petaflops per second, which is equivalent to 100,000 trillion operations per second). The latter are located in Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Portugal.

Europe plans to inaugurate a 100+ petaflop per second supercomputer in spring 2023. it will happen in 2023 Our Sea (Barcelona) And it would be the fifth or sixth most powerful in the world.

The supercomputer that will be in Spain will focus on medical research and will have an investment of Rs 100 crore. €150 million, Four medium-sized computers will also be placed in Poland, Ireland, Hungary and Greece.

Before the end of the year, we have in Europe (especially in Germany) a Jupiter, which will be the first European exascale computerThat is, capable of processing more than 1,000 petaflops per second. If it works as promised, the European Union hopes to classify it as the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

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