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Polish AGH Academy to build World's superfast computer

2014-10-22 17:08 Xinhua Web Editor: Mo Hong'e

The AGH Academy (Academy of Mining and Metallurgy) in the Polish city of Krakow will soon build one of the fastest supercomputers in the world - Prometheus - informed the rector of the Academy on Tuesday.

The AGH previously boasted Zeus, another super-fast computer, and still the most powerful one in Poland. Prometheus is expected to be four times stronger. The whole construction will cost about 41 million zloty (around $12.4 million).

On Monday, university authorities signed an agreement to green light Prometheus' construction. The new computer will have more than 41 thousand calculation cores and will be able to achieve a computational power of 1.658 petaflops, which means around 1.7 trillion floating point operations per second. As a result, Prometheus will be the 12th fastest computer in Europe and 30th fastest in the world.

Prometheus is expected to be able to handle the calculations made by an ordinary computer over 35 years within just a few days time. It will be used for scientific purposes, mainly chemistry, astrophysics and nanotechnology.

The computer will be created by Hewlett-Packard and is to be ready in January of next year. (1 US dollar = 3.31 Polish zloty)

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