The IBM research team in Zurich set up a project to develop a methodology for estimating the performance, power consumption and cost of exascale systems. The project is called Algorithms and Machines (A&M) and is part of DOME, a joint program with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON). Within the project PSNC offered access to Orzel / Eagle, a supercomputer to support the project.

The main objective of this collaboration is to develop technologies to support the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope currently being developed.


To validate the analytical performance estimates, the A&M team required access to systems with different network topologies, (e.g., fat-tree and dragonfly). The team contacted EGI for support to obtain service access to such systems. EGI identified the Poznan Supercomputing and Network Center (PSNC) in Poland as a provider to offer such an environment and kicked started the collaboration. PSNC offered access to Orzel / Eagle, a supercomputer with a performance of 1.4 PFlops computing power and a fat-tree network interconnect fabric.


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Wojciech Bohdanowicz