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Intel invests in high-performance computing R&D

Posted: 09 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. is investing in a new academic research facility dedicated to high-performance computing (HPC) in France, as announced by the company's chairman, Craig Barrett.

The HPC lab initiative marks the start of a five-year collaboration and is Intel's first major investment in academic research in France. The four-party agreement signed is a model of public-private partnership, linking Intel with government agencies and academia.

"Research is vital to a country's long-term economic health and competitiveness," said Barrett, who was in Paris to help launch the HPC laboratory. "By investing in innovation, including R&D, we make a commitment to accelerate the benefits of technology in France and in other parts of Europe."

Joining Intel in the effort, the Commissariat ? l'Energie Atomique (CEA), a technological research organization funded by the French government, is contributing its expertise in HPC tera architecture and integration. France's national HPC agency, Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif, will provide its scientific end user applications and feedback. The University of Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines will make technical contributions such as multicore performance evaluation and code optimization.

"It is strategic for a public research institution like CEA to cooperate with a world-leading company such as Intel to prepare for the next generation of HPC facilities that the European scientific community and industrial companies expect," said Bernard Bigot, CEA general administrator and high commissioner.

The joint research center will be built about 20km southwest of Paris in ?le-de-France Teratec, a region home to universities and other scientific research facilities. Intended to be used primarily by university students in France and other European Union countries to address future HPC challenges, the lab will seek to accelerate R&D and innovation in Europe in keeping with the Intel Labs Europe initiative announced earlier this year.

The lab is being designed as an "exascale" high-performance computing center focused on hardware and software optimization. Exascale computing is a next-generation technology and refers to systems that can handle a million trillion calculations per second (1018).

The HPC lab in France marks Intel's first significant European R&D announcement since forming Intel Labs Europe in January.

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