Juwel is German for jewel, and the new JUWELS Booster Module supercomputer at the Jülich Forschungszentrum (Research Center) certainly is a gem.
It currently ranks number seven on the annual TOP500 list of the world’s fastest computers. It was the highest placing debutant on the list and is now the fastest data processor in Europe.
The supercomputer was upgraded a capability of 85 petaflops. That’s the equivalent of 85 quadrillion computing operations per second or the computing power of more than 300,000 modern PCs. The increased capability dramatically expands previous limits on applications like simulations and artificial intelligence.
“We see supercomputing not only as the subject of our research, but above all as a powerful tool that helps us to address complex research topics together with our partners from science and industry,” said Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt, chairman of the board of the Forschungszentrum Jülich in a statement.
“A very recent example in the current Covid-19 crisis is supporting simulations for drug development,” added Prof. Thomas Lippert, head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). “Only the computing power of the booster enables our researchers to simulate the processes before, during and after a potential drug meets a receptor or protein realistically enough.”
Germany has nine supercomputers among the world’s hundred fastest, including the previous national standard setters, the SuperMUC-NG in Munich (number 15) and the Hawk in Stuttgart (number 16).