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MeluXina: The 10-Petaflop Supercomputer Inaugurated In Luxembourg

MeluXina, Luxembourg’s first supercomputer, will support the digital transition of the national and European economy. Companies and startups will be able to access its computing resources and its 10 million billion operations per second.

Photo: Official inauguration of the Luxembourg supercomputer MeluXina in the presence of HRH the Grand Duke, Xavier Bettel and Franz Fayot on June 7, 2021 / Credits © SIP / Julien Warnand

MeluXina, Luxembourg’s first supercomputer, was officially inaugurated on 7th June in the presence of Grand Duke Henri, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Franz Fayot, the Minister of Economy.

Based in LuxConnect’s DC2 datacenter in Bissen and already operational, the computing tool has a power of 10 petaflops or 10 million billion computing operations per second. It ranks among the top 50 high-performance computers in the world and the top 500 most powerful supercomputers worldwide.

Powered by green energy, it is placed under the joint supervision of the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economy. LuxProvide, a 100% subsidiary of LuxConnect, is in charge of its operation.

Co-financed by European funds, MeluXina is part of the European network of eight supercomputers already procured. This network is implemented by the EuroHPC JU Joint Undertaking, an EU initiative launched at the instigation of Luxembourg and co-financed by the European Commission and 33 countries, including the Grand Duchy.

The initiative aims to develop a world-class supercomputer ecosystem in Europe as a key component of the Digital Single Market and European Cloud initiatives.

“MeluXina will support the digital transition of the national and European economy by offering companies new opportunities to innovate and remain competitive in an increasingly digital world.”

Luxembourg, a center of HPC expertise

High performance computing (HPC) is the ability to perform complex calculations at high speed in areas such as modeling and simulation, analysis of large amounts of data and artificial intelligence. Data is quickly interpreted, evaluated and visually projected to show patterns and guide researchers and engineers to better products or processes.

At economic and industrial levels, the tool can help design complex parts more precisely, optimize prototyping, reduce product time to market as well as material costs.

Startups, SMEs and large enterprises, as well as research organizations, will be able to run HPC workloads by accessing MeluXina’s computing resources.

With the supercomputer, Luxembourg is positioning itself as a center of HPC expertise. A competence center will coordinate the development of HPC expertise at a national level and facilitate access to HPC opportunities at national and European levels for research projects, scientific users, public administration, but also in industrial sectors, thus offering tailor-made solutions for a wide variety of users.

Operational at the end of 2022, the national competence center for high-performance computing will be a one-stop shop for companies and will offer personalized professional support and technical expertise to set up HPC projects.

“MeluXina will at best support the digitalization and innovative projects of companies for applications related to modeling, research, development of new products, forecasts or Big Data,” Franz Fayot said, during the inauguration ceremony. “MeluXina will thus support the digital transition of the national and European economy by offering companies new opportunities to innovate and remain competitive in an increasingly digital world.”

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