Amalka Supercomputing facility

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6th generation of Amalka Supercomputing facility

The Amalka Supercomputing facility[1] is the largest of the three Czech parallel supercomputers.[2] It is used by Department of Space Physics, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

The primary task is computation[3] and visualisation in the area of space research for the European Space Agency or NASA, such as a preparation of Demeter (satellite) launch.

Amalka Supercomputing facility is credited with computing the first kinetic magnetic field model of Mercury in the MESSENGER project.[4] It also helped to understand the results from the Cluster II mission.[5]

At present, the facility is supporting the THEMIS (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms) project. The results will be useful in planning for creating permanent human bases on Moon that will be protected from solar wind.

The current version runs Linux slackware and delivers 6.38 TFlops. Expansion and optimization of the infrastructure is being implemented by Sprinx Systems.

Generation Year Processing Rate # of Computers # of CPUs # of Cores Other parameters
1 1998 units of MFlops 8 8 8
2 2000 tens of GFlops 16 16 16
3 2003 around 1 TFlop 96 188 188
4 2006 2,6 TFlops 138 272 360 180 GB RAM, 20 TB HDD, 40 kW
5 2007 4,07 TFlops 326 572
6[6] 2009 6,38 TFlops 356 800

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://terezka.ufa.cas.cz/shs/index.html Amalka Supercomputing facility homepage[dead link]
  2. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=en&js=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.itbiz.cz%2Fja_jsem_amalka_nejvykonnej_i_superpocitac_v_cr&sl=cs&tl=en&history_state0= I am Amálka, the most powerful supercomputer in the Czech Republic (Google Translation from Czech)
  3. ^ http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/36/28/05/PDF/AG_genot_09.pdf Mirror structures above and below the linear instability threshold: Cluster observations, fluid model and hybrid simulations
  4. ^ http://terezka.ufa.cas.cz/shs/amalka4/index.html MESSENGER: Exploration of Mercury's magnetosphere[dead link]
  5. ^ http://www-ssg.sr.unh.edu/index.html?tof/Missions/Cluster/clustermain.html
  6. ^ http://www.mediakom.cz/intel/2009_11_11-Amalka/ – photos from the 6th generation launch

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