Tuesday, February 24, 2009

University VŠB-TU in Ostrava Plans to Build a Computer in Clouds

University of Ostrava, VŠB-TU and its partners plan to build a super-computer/parallel-computing-grid/cloud (whatsoever...) within next 3 or 4 years. At least that is what I understood from a short TV spot (can be found in archive here). It should be the biggest center in the Czech Republic and the goal is to rank in the top 100 supercomputers in the world. This sounds really great. They also plan to rent the computing power to commercial subjects. Well, may be even the yelow elephant will lay its big warm foot in Ostrava in the future. It is said that you can not eat an elephant in one bite; contrary this elephant can eat the grid of size of 1000 processors [1] at once without any issues for sure.

[1] The only information about the size of the grid I was able to find, not sure if it is up to date and relevant:
http://www.cassia.cz/cassia/info/Clanky_archiv/20080520_Ostrava_superPC.htm

Update (17/03): More detailed information can be found at http://www.it4i.eu/equipment.php