Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology selects Hewlett Packard Enterprise to build new supercomputer to advance academic and industrial research

Sweden’s largest technical university advances R&D across life sciences, automotive, transportation and energy industries with next-generation system, powered by the HPE Cray EX supercomputer

San Jose, Calif. – Febru­a­ry 26, 2021 – Hew­lett Packard Enter­pri­se (HPE) today announ­ced that it is buil­ding a new super­com­pu­ter for KTH Roy­al Insti­tu­te of Tech­no­lo­gy (KTH) in Stock­holm, one of Sweden’s lar­gest tech­ni­cal uni­ver­si­ties dedi­ca­ted to sci­ence and engi­nee­ring rese­arch. The new super­com­pu­ter, which is fun­ded by Swe­dish Natio­nal Infra­st­ruc­tu­re for Com­pu­ting (SNIC), will enab­le a signi­fi­cant level of com­pu­ta­tio­nal per­for­mance, powe­red by the HPE Cray EX super­com­pu­ter, to impro­ve mode­ling and simu­la­ti­on from com­plex data to make bre­akthroughs in aca­de­mia and for a ran­ge of indus­tri­al are­as, inclu­ding drug design, rene­wa­ble ener­gy, and advan­ced auto­mo­ti­ve and fleet vehicles.

The new super­com­pu­ter, which KTH has named “Dard­el” in honor of the Swe­dish nove­list, Tho­ra Dard­el, and her first hus­band, Nils Dard­el, the post-impres­sio­nist pain­ter, will replace KTH’s cur­rent flagship sys­tem, Bes­kow, and will be housed on KTH’s main cam­pus at the PDC Cen­ter for High Per­for­mance Computing.

Swe­den gains new super­com­pu­ter to bols­ter R&D and unlock indus­tri­al innovation

SNIC’s new flagship sys­tem, Dard­el, will be built using the HPE Cray EX super­com­pu­ter, which fea­tures an advan­ced high per­for­mance com­pu­ting archi­tec­tu­re desi­gned for next-genera­ti­on super­com­pu­ting, such as for exas­ca­le-class sys­tems that are 10X fas­ter than today’s most power­ful supercomputers.

The HPE Cray EX super­com­pu­ter will inclu­de HPE Slings­hot for pur­po­se-built HPC net­wor­king to address deman­ds for hig­her speed and con­ges­ti­on con­trol for data-inten­si­ve workloads. It will also fea­ture next genera­ti­on AMD EPYC™ pro­ces­sors and AMD Instinct™ GPU acce­le­ra­tors to impro­ve effi­ci­en­cy and achie­ve the per­for­mance requi­red to pro­cess and harness insights from com­pu­ta­tio­nal­ly com­plex data.

With a theo­re­ti­cal peak per­for­mance of 13.5 peta­flops1, Dard­el will be signi­fi­cant­ly fas­ter than the cur­rent flagship sys­tem at PDC. The advan­ced capa­bi­li­ties of the new sys­tem that HPE is deli­vering will help Swe­dish rese­ar­chers tack­le chal­len­ging rese­arch are­as, inclu­ding com­pu­ta­tio­nal flu­id dyna­mics, bio­phy­sics and quan­tum che­mi­stry, that are used in R&D sup­por­ting Swe­dish com­pa­nies across the manu­fac­tu­ring, auto­mo­ti­ve and trans­por­ta­ti­on, medi­cal, agri­cul­tu­re, oil and gas, aero­nau­ti­cal and space indus­tries. Examp­le com­pa­nies using PDC’s HPC sys­tems for R&D inclu­de truck­ing manu­fac­tu­rer Sca­nia and several tech­ni­cal con­sul­ting com­pa­nies such as Swe­coTyréns and FSDy­na­mics

High per­for­mance com­pu­ting (HPC) tech­no­lo­gies are broad­ly used in R&D to advan­ce the tech­no­lo­gies that go into the pro­ducts and ser­vices we use each day. For deca­des, the PDC Cen­ter for High Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting at the KTH Roy­al Insti­tu­te of Tech­no­lo­gy has empowe­red a com­mu­ni­ty of rese­ar­chers to make bre­akthroughs across a ran­ge of indus­tries using HPC,” said Peter Unga­ro, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, HPC and Mis­si­on Cri­ti­cal Solu­ti­ons at HPE. “We are hono­red to have been selec­ted by the KTH Roy­al Insti­tu­te of Tech­no­lo­gy to deli­ver the latest HPE Cray EX super­com­pu­ter with next-genera­ti­on AMD tech­no­lo­gies and pro­vi­de an even grea­ter level of per­for­mance to impro­ve and expand Swe­dish aca­de­mic rese­arch and dri­ve inno­va­ti­on for Swe­dish indus­tri­al companies.”

HPE to deli­ver KTH’s Dard­el in two phases

HPE will install the first pha­se of the super­com­pu­ter this sum­mer. It will fea­ture over 65,000 CPU cores and it be rea­dy for rese­arch use in July 2021. The second pha­se of the instal­la­ti­on will con­sist of GPUs which will be instal­led later this year and be rea­dy for use in Janu­a­ry 2022.

About Hew­lett Packard Enterprise

Hew­lett Packard Enter­pri­se is the glo­bal edge-to-cloud plat­form as-a-ser­vice com­pa­ny that hel­ps orga­niz­a­ti­ons acce­le­ra­te out­co­mes by unlo­cking value from all of their data, ever­y­whe­re. Built on deca­des of reim­agi­ning the future and inno­vat­ing to advan­ce the way we live and work, HPE deli­vers uni­que, open and intel­li­gent tech­no­lo­gy solu­ti­ons, with a con­sis­tent expe­ri­ence across all clouds and edges, to help cus­to­mers deve­lop new busi­ness models, enga­ge in new ways, and incre­a­se ope­ra­tio­nal per­for­mance. For more infor­ma­ti­on, visit: www.hpe.com.


KTH’s Dard­el super­com­pu­ter will have a theo­re­ti­cal peak per­for­mance of 13.5 peta­flops after the two pha­ses of the sys­tem have been completed

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