Europe’s fastest computer was booted up for the first time yesterday in Barcelona, Spain. The computer is called Marenostrum and is the fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world.
Marenostrum is an IBM computer and can make a mind-boggling 40 trillion calculations per second. It has a memory the size of about 20.000 normal personal computers and 233 terabytes storage space which means, apparantly, that it is capable of storing as much information as that contained in 29 million books.
The computer is owned by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), a consortium created by the national and regional governments’ respective research and education departments and the Polytechnic University of Barcelona.
Marenostrum is housed in what used to be the University’s chapel and is the fastest computer in the world to be owned by a public research center and available to outside teams of researchers. According to information published on the BSC-CNS website yesterday, the new super computer will be used for research in computer architecture, aerodynamics, biology and genetics, and also has industrial applications.
MareNostrum is unique among super computers because it was built entirely with components available on the open market and uses a Linux operating system and took just a year to create.
For further information consult the Barcelona Supercomputing Center