The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has become the proud possessor of Denmark's fastest supercomputer, a machine capable of executing 45 trillion floating point operations per second, reports ComON.dk
The new 45 teraflop supercomputer, supplied by Hewlett-Packard, will be used by the DTU research project Catalysis for Sustainable Energy (CASE), which is exploring sustainable forms of energy for the future. It is seven times more powerful than the previous computing equipment used by CASE.
CASE project leader Professor Jens K. Nørskov, told Comon: "The research we are doing in CASE is fundamental to much of the technology we shall use in the future's sustainable fuels. But in order for us to achieve our research aims, it is essential that we have access to a supercomputer system that is entirely our own. The theoretical work is highly complex and requires enormous computational capacity to run our simulations and test our models."
CASE has received substantial funding from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the supercomputer is financed by a grant from the Danish Center for Scientific Computing, together with project money from CASE itself.
DTU's new supercomputer has been dubbed 'Niflheim' by the research scientists there. In Nordic mythology, Niflheim was one of the two primordial realms of ice and fire, which apparently formed the building blocks of creation itself.