July 21, 2020 — In order to guarantee the establishment and development of the MeluXina project, LuxProvide S.A. – a subsidiary of LuxConnect created in 2019 – is currently in full swing.
Roger Lampach was initially appointed Managing Director of LuxProvide in August 2019 with the mission of setting up a team that can ultimately number up to 50 people. Now Roger Lampach and Professor Pascal Bouvry have both been appointed CEOs, forming a complementary pair. Drawing on his experience, particularly in the implementation and development of LuxConnect, Roger Lampach supervises the industrial and project management aspects, while Pascal Bouvry ensures the scientific follow-up of the implementation of the Luxembourg HPC, while keeping his function of professor at the University of Luxembourg.
The management team is completed by Valentin Plugaru who joined LuxProvide as CTO. Finally, Matthieu Lefebvre holds the position of Group Leader, User Engagement & Professional Services in charge of setting up a team of specialists dedicated to the various sectors covered by the computing capacities of the supercomputer: Industry 4.0, Ecotech (mobility), Healthtech , Logistics, Space and Finances.
“The establishment of the LuxProvide management team, with a coherent distribution of responsibilities, is a further important step for Luxembourg to operate its own HPC which will integrate the European network of supercomputers. In an increasingly digital world, the MeluXina supercomputer will support the digital transition of the national economy and offer companies new opportunities to innovate and stay competitive,” Declared Mario Grotz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LuxProvide.
In addition, in January 2020, the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking and LuxProvide published a call for tenders for the acquisition, installation and maintenance of the national supercomputer named MeluXina. The final offers are currently being analyzed and a decision on the successful supplier will be made shortly.
Focused on the needs of its users, in particular businesses and other players in the Luxembourg economy, MeluXina is a key element of the Luxembourg Government’s innovation policy. The supercomputer aims to develop and support a digital, secure and sustainable economy that aims to support the digital transition of the economy by improving competitiveness and facilitating business innovation. With this in mind, the Luxembourg HPC center will be a one-stop-shop with easy access to high-performance computing capacities.
Under the governance of the Ministry of State of the Ministry of the Economy, LuxProvide S.A., as a 100% subsidiary of LuxConnect, is in charge of the acquisition, launch and operation of MeluXina. With its head office in Bissen, LuxProvide’s mission is to facilitate access to the use of MeluXina’s computing capacities by setting up a structure to provide dedicated support to companies in their projects relating to high performance computing. Composition of the LuxProvide Board of Directors: Mario Grotz (chairman), Paul Konsbruck (director), Roger Lampach (managing director) and Pascal Bouvry (managing director).
The supercomputer will be installed in LuxConnect’s DC2 data center in Bissen, which is powered by green energy from Kiowatt, the cogeneration plant powered by waste wood. MeluXina’s computing power will be 10 petaflops, which corresponds to 10,000,000,000,000,000 computing operations per second. The modular architecture of MeluXina will be focused on the needs of its users including companies and actors of the Luxembourg economy, with a particular emphasis on the use by SMEs and start-ups.