EuroHPC Announces Hosting Agreement for New Supercomputer at Linköping University

June 18, 2024

June 18, 2024 — EuroHPC JU and Linköping University (LiU) in Sweden have signed a hosting agreement for the new EuroHPC supercomputer, Arrhenius. LiU, which hosts the National Academic Infrastructure for Supercomputing in Sweden (NAISS), will house this advanced system.

Once installed, Arrhenius will be a mid-range supercomputer capable of performing over 40 petaflops, equivalent to 40 million billion operations per second. Named after Carl Axel Arrhenius, the Swedish geologist and chemist who discovered gadolinite in 1787, the supercomputer will benefit from the expertise of organizations such as RISE (the Research Institute of Sweden) and ENCCS (the EuroCC Competence Centre Sweden). These organizations will help ensure that industrial and public sector users effectively utilize the system.

Positioned in Sweden, Arrhenius will be both climate-friendly and cost-effective, benefiting from Sweden’s low greenhouse gas emissions and competitive energy costs.

Arrhenius will be capable of handling demanding applications in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and other areas that require high memory bandwidth and fast data transfer. It will ensure the necessary security and data integrity for research involving personal data and private enterprise product development. This supercomputer will support applications in diverse fields, from drug and materials design to climate change mitigation, advancing scientific knowledge and boosting innovation potential. Ultimately, it aims to improve the quality of life for citizens.

Like other EuroHPC supercomputers, Arrhenius will be accessible to a broad spectrum of European users, including those in the scientific community, industry, and the public sector, regardless of their location in Europe. Sweden and EuroHPC JU will jointly manage access to Arrhenius’s computing resources, in proportion to their respective investments.

With a total budget of €68.5 million (~US$73.5 million), Arrhenius will be co-funded by the EuroHPC JU, with budget of stemming from the Digital Europe Programme (DEP) and by contributions from the Swedish Research Council’s funding for NAISS. The JU will co-fund up to 35% of the total cost of the supercomputer.

The hosting agreement, which has now been signed, is a contractual document that defines the roles, rights and obligations of each party. The procurement process for this new supercomputer will be managed by NAISS and LiU in collaboration with EuroHPC JU and will begin in the immediate future.


Source: EuroHPC JU

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