June 30, 2020 — The LUMI Strategic Committee has approved Iceland as the tenth member country of the LUMI consortium. The decision was made in LUMI Strategic Committee’s meeting on May 27, 2020.
LUMI, one of the EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputers, will be located at CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland. The supercomputer will be hosted by the LUMI consortium, including ten European countries: Finland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. Bringing together their unique expertise and experience, these countries will together provide added value for the whole Europe.
“LUMI consortium is delighted to welcome Iceland as a consortium member. With this, we have all the Nordic countries represented in the LUMI consortium. This brings in new competencies to the good of the LUMI services, and paves the way for new collaborations and strategic openings,” says LUMI Program Director Pekka Manninen.
“While the HPC community in Iceland is active and local HPC resources have been built up, it will be a large step forward to be able to access large and highly scalable resources at LUMI. Such large collaborative projects are particularly important for a country with a small population such as Iceland to enable new possibilities for simulation sciences and artificial intelligence in research,” says professor Ebba Þóra Hvannberg from University of Iceland.
LUMI will start its operations in early 2021.
The European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) is pooling European resources to develop top-of-the-range exascale supercomputers for processing big data, based on competitive European technology. One of the pan-European pre-exascale supercomputers, LUMI, will be located in CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland. The supercomputer will be hosted by the LUMI consortium. The LUMI (Large Unified Modern Infrastructure) consortium countries are Finland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. LUMI will be one of the world’s best known scientific instruments for the lifespan of 2021–2026.