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Spanish supercomputer comes online

The MareNostrum 4 supercomputer, the third fastest in Europe and thirteenth fastest in the world, is about to be made available for use by researchers across Europe.

MareNostrum 4, which cost €34 million to build and install, is due to come online on 1 July. It will be able to perform about 11 trillion operations per second, making it about ten times as powerful as its predecessor MareNostrum 3, which came online a mere four years ago.

The supercomputer is owned by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and received funding from Spain’s ministry of industry. It is entirely dedicated for use by researchers, and in its first four months of operation will work on problems in climate change, gravitational waves and cancer radiation therapies.

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