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Operators Leibniz-Rechenzentrum
Location Garching, Germany
Architecture 19,252 Intel Xeon CPUs
Operating system SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Memory 340 TB
Storage 15 PB
Speed 2.90 petaFLOPS
Ranking TOP500: #14, November 2014
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SuperMUC is the name of a supercomputer of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of Bavarian Academy of Science's. It is housed in LRZ's data centre in Garching near Munich.


LRZ 'twin cube', housing SuperMUC

SuperMUC (the suffix 'MUC' alludes to the IATA code of Munich's airport) is operated by the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, a European centre for supercomputing. In order to house its hardware, the infrastructure space of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre was more than doubled in 2012. SuperMUC was the fastest European supercomputer when it entered operation in the summer of 2012[1] and is currently ranked #14 in the Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers.[2] SuperMUC serves European researchers of many fields, including medicine, astrophysics, quantum chromodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, computational chemistry, life sciences, genome analysis and earth quake simulations.


SuperMUC contains 19,252 Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge-EP and Westmere-EX processors running in IBM System x iDataPlex servers with a total of 155,656 cores and a peak performance of about 3 petaFLOPS (3 × 1015 FLOPS). The main memory is 340 terabytes together with 15 petabytes of hard disk space. It uses a new form of cooling that IBM developed, called Aquasar, that uses hot water to cool the processors, a design that cuts cooling electricity usage by 40 percent by IBM claims.[3][4]

SuperMUC is connected to powerful visualization systems, which consist of a large 4K stereoscopic powerwall as well as a 5-sided CAVE artificial virtual reality environment.


  1. ^ "Top 500 list June 2012". Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Top 500 list November 2014". Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  3. ^ "IBM builds 3 petaflop computer for Germany - SuperMUC could be world's fastest system". 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  4. ^ "IBM Newsroom - 2010-12-13 Leibniz-Rechenzentrum entscheidet sich für neuen IBM Supercomputer mit Intel® Xeon® Prozessoren der nächsten Generation für anspruchsvolle Forschungsanwendungen - Deutschland". 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 

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Coordinates: 48°15′42″N 11°40′00″E / 48.2617°N 11.6667°E / 48.2617; 11.6667