Intel is collaborating with three French research institutes to invest in an exascale research center in Europe. The new Exascale Computing Research Center would be able to perform calculations about 1,000 times faster — about 1 million trillion calculations per second — than the fastest supercomputers.
Intel, which is partnering with the French Atomic Energy Commission, the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, and the French National High-Performance Computing Agency, plans to invest several million euros over three years. The Exascale center will be part of Intel Labs Europe, and will employ several dozen researchers who will use the facility to explore weather forecasting, health care, and seismology. "For example, in health care this capability should enable highly sophisticated genome calculations, enabling individualized patient treatment or simulation of cell interactions to provide new cancer treatments," Intel says in a statement.
"Another application can be found in seismology, where exascale computing could enable more detailed prediction of ground movement at sites with high security requirements or where frequent movement is expected," the statement says.
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