Abacus 2.0, Denmark's largest supercomputer with a price tag of approximately 50 million Danish Kroner, can be used by researchers from all the country's universities. It can also be used by organizations and private companies. The vision of nationwide, powerful computing power has finally come true.
The road leading up to the launch of Abacus 2.0 had, in some respects, been long, cumbersome, and slow. One issue was reaching an agreement on what would be assembled – as well as how and by whom. The selection criteria included high requirements for experience with building large HPC (High-Performance Computing) solutions, as well as documented proof of having the required IT skills and experience. Several big companies bid for the project, but Danoffice IT won the bid – not least because the company has a track record that showed it as the most qualified for the task.
Danish universities want to use the new supercomputer to extend the use of eScience to a broad spectrum of research areas for general purposes, as well as for research projects and groups with special computing needs.
The project includes the University of Southern Denmark (Syddansk Universitet), the University of Aarhus (Aarhus Universitet), the University of Copenhagen (Københavns Universitet), the University of Aalborg (Aalborg Universitet), Roskilde University Center (RUC), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Copenhagen Business School (CBS), the IT University (ITU), the State Library (Statsbiblioteket) and the Royal Library (Det Kongelige Bibliotek).
The national HPC center was established by DeIC in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark. The supercomputer centers physical location is at the University of Southern Denmark, which is responsible for the project. The solution provides unprecedented compute density and not least low power consumption in relation to performance, which has a major impact on operating costs over the minimum of five years that the system will run.
Syddansk Universitet (The University of Southern Denmark, or SDU) opened its doors to the first students in Odense in September 1966. Since then, the university has grown explosively. Today, SDU has five faculties with over 32,000 students, almost 20% of whom are from other countries.
More than 4,000 employees are spread out between the main campus in Odense and regional campuses in Slagelse, Kolding, Esbjerg, and Soenderborg.
SDU offer around 115 different degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, STEM sciences, and health sciences.
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