The first Portuguese supercomputer went live at the beginning of July, but by then it was already said that a second reinforcement, named after him Deucalion, had arrived. The Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education confirmed the debut of the new machine for 2020.
The new supercomputer will be installed in Vila Nova de Famalicão, where is already BOB, the "firstborn", and the goal is to start working by the end of next year.
BOB, named after its creator Robert A. Peterson of the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), is set up in the testing parish of Riba de Ave and will "open to the public" in January, Manuel said. Heitor during a speech this Friday at the conference "Create Knowledge. Foster Change: Towards the New Decade of Joint Achievements", which took place at the University of Minho.
With a memory capacity of 266TBytes, 1PByte of storage capacity and 1 PFlop of calculation capacity, the supermachine has increased Portugal's computing performance by about 10 times. For Deucalion, the prediction of calculation capacity is at least 10 PFlops, the equivalent of 10 billion operations per second.
Both BOB and Deucalion are part of the EuroHPC network, a project that provides for the installation of eight supercomputers in several European countries. Within the same scope, Portugal is part of another application (representing 10% of the consortium), led by Barcelona and also integrated by Turkey and Croatia. This supercomputer will be able to perform more than 175 PFlops (175 billion) calculations per second and will rank among the five most powerful supercomputers in the world.