KAUST Prepares for New Arrival: One of the World’s Top Supercomputers

IBM_Blue_Gene_P_supercomputerOur client King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is no stranger to cutting-edge technology. The graduate research university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is a hotbed for high-powered research and innovative thinking. For the past several years, we’ve helped them explain their vision and services to the world.
KAUST’s mission is to help build a knowledge economy in the Middle East. They’re doing this by fostering an “innovation ecosystem” where forward-thinking ideas can take root. This spring, the ecosystem will welcome a new member: Shaheen-2, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.
According to a recent article published in MIT Technology Review, Shaheen-2 holds more than 65,000 independent processing cores, a level of power equivalent to 32,000 iPhones combined. If it were installed today, it would be the ninth best computer in the world. Oh, and it weighs roughly 100 tons.
KAUST will use the supercomputer for its own research as well as a way to attract new collaborators.
We’re excited about this new development for KAUST—and pleased to be even a small part of their efforts to become a regional research and innovation hub.
Samantha Enslen runs Dragonfly Editorial.


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