Prometheus – the new supercomputer to be installed by HP in Kraków AGH University of Science and Technology will be one of the thirty fastest supercomputers in the world and the twelfth in Europe. Consisting of 1 700 servers of the HP Apollo 8000 platform, linked by superfast Infiniband network with a bandwidth of 56 Gbit/s the computer will will boast just under 1.7 Pflops (Petaflops). The 10 mln EUR project announced in October last year is going forward and the latest news from AGH is that the machine will start working in April this year.
Before it starts Prometheus will need some water as it uses direct liquid cooling technology. The liquid-cooled design will enable achieving extremely high computing density, due to which the computing part weighing in excess of 30 tonnes will fit into fifteen rack cabinets, whereas in the case of traditional air cooling there would be at least twice as many.
The most powerful Polish supercomputer, just like Zeus, will support scientists from different fields, i.e. chemistry, physics, astrophysics, biology, energetics or nanotechnology, in performing their computations. It will also execute tasks for the purposes of large scale research projects with the participation of Cyfronet AGH, inter alia PLGrid (where Cyfronet is the project leader), CTA (astrophysics), LHC (high energy physics) and EPOS (geophysics). As
with Zeus, the computer resources of Prometheus will be at the scientists’ disposal free of charge. In 2013, 2500 registered users of Zeus carried out nearly eight million computing tasks thanks to it. With “conventional” computers these computations would take 11,000 years. Prometheus will contribute to increasing the computing potential with regard to both the number of performed tasks and their complexity by more than four times.