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  02-02-2006: INAUGURATED AT LA SAPIENZA UNIVERSITY IN ROME A NEW COMPUTING LABORATORY: IT WILL LODGE THE APENEXT SUPERCOMPUTERS 
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The ApeNext supercomputers have a new house at La Sapienza University in Rome: it is the Computing Laboratory inaugurated today February 8th in the Citicord machines Hall.
The Laboratory was born thanks to the collaboration of the department of Physics of La Sapienza, the National Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (Infn) and the Interuniversity Centre for Information Technology and Communication in Research and Teaching (Citicord).

The Laboratory is the result of the collaboration of a net formed by research centres and European universities, conceived for the realization of a computing infrastructure, one of the most powerful in the world. This last one will be dedicated to the fundamental research, but it will have extremely remarkable consequences in the fields of economy and industry. In the context of this collaboration, Italy has a leader role at scientific level, as well as at industrial one.
The computing infrastructure realized up to now includes another Apenext system with 1500 processors installed by the German Laboratory Desy, while a supplying of 3000 processors is in progress at Bielefeld University, in Germany. Furthermore, other 1000 processors of Cnrs will be soon installed in Rome and they will be used by French researchers through the net.
To these installations corresponds a complex structure of common scientific activities of the research groups belonging to the different European countries.

The ApeNext supercomputers are amongst the most powerful computing machines in the world: they were developed by an international collaboration guided by Infn and including Desy Laboratory, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Cnrs) and the Université Paris-Sud, Paris. The ApeNext system installed in Rome has been built by the Italian company Eurotech, of Amaro (Udine) and includes more than 6000 processors, with a 8 Tflops total computing power (corresponding to a computing power of 8000 milliards operations per second with real number) and a memory of 1.5 Tbyte (corresponding to 1500 milliards byte).

Around the world there are less than ten computers with similar power of ApeNext. The computing power is although only one of the aspects that must be considered in the valuation of a supercomputer, because within certain limits, computing power can be increased simply placing an ever rising number of machines and connecting them, so that they can work in parallel. As a consequence, there are other three relevant factors: energy consume, engaged space and system cost. ApeNext boasts a series of innovative architectural solutions, that combine with very high computing performances a drastic reduction of development and construction costs, energetic consume and overall dimensions, in comparison with more traditional computers of equivalent class. Moreover, the system reliability is so high that it can carry out extremely difficult elaborations, even several weeks long, without interruption. All this considered, on world scale, there is only another project with similar aims of ApeNext and it was developed by the Columbia University and by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center (Epcc) in collaboration with Ibm Research.

ApeNext was preceded by other three generations of Ape computers (Array Processor Experiment) conceived to carry out complex elaborations, necessary to the study of properties and interactions of elementary particles. In particular, great computing powers are essential to understand the most intimate structure of protons and neutrons, but also to solve great riddles as the ones related to the different behaviour of matter and antimatter. The supercomputers lodged in the new roman Computing Laboratory will be nevertheless used in different scientific fields besides physics.


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