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Cefla will build the new Data Center for CINECA


CINECA, Bologna scientific center will host “Leonardo”, the super-computer with 250 million billion operations per second.

BOLOGNA, February 22, 2021. The “European supercomputer Leonardo”, capable of developing a power of computing up to 250 million billion operations per second and with a storage capacity of over 100 petabytes (ie over 104 million gigabytes), will be housed within the structure of the ex Tobacco Factory, near the Bologna exhibition center.

In the other room of the same building there will be another data center, also 10MW at the service of INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics). Cefla won the tender, worth over 45 million euros, for the design and construction of the works of adaptation of the warehouses known as “Barrels”, organized by the Interuniversity Consortium CINECA. The supercomputer, funded by EuroHPC JU and the Ministry of University and Research, will be available to Italian and European researchers.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen for the realization of this important project,” says Massimo Milani, Managing Director of Cefla’s Engineering BU “It represents a great confirmation for us to the commitment and care that we put every day in the realization of the works entrusted to us. In this trip will collaborate alongside our partners of maximum importance and we are sure that this work will further contribute to increasing our reliability in the field of building ad structures very high technological value, such as Data Centers “.

In this context, Cefla places itself at the head of an ATI where the Vicenza building group ICM S.p.A. will take care of the structures, and a group of designers headed by DBA Pro S.p.A., will follow the executive design up to as build. The plant requires a TIER 4 Data Center level, so as to totally fault-tolerant (fault-tolerant). This system offers independent and multiple energy distribution paths, allowing thus maintenance and a possible further simultaneous failure, without generating interruptions in the flow of work. This guarantees 99.995% uptime, allowing for planned and total maintenance protection against physical events.

Deepening – The Leonardo HPC calculator

In the area prepared by Cineca, partly subject to artistic constraint since it was built in the 1940s on a project by engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, a supercomputer HPC (High-Performance Computing) among the most powerful in the world. The result of the collaboration between the French Atos and the American Nvidia, the computer, when fully operational, will be part of the European high-performance EuroHPC network and will have a computing power 10 times higher than the current Marconi100 system, also present in Cineca, which is among the most powerful computers in the world. The network EuroHPC has the dual objective of developing a pan-European pre-exascale supercomputing infrastructure (with the exascale calculation, 10 ^ 18 flops are reached, the unit of measurement with which the performance of a computer in floating-point calculations; with the EuroHPC system, 250 petaflops are reached, in aggregate, ed), and to support research and innovation activities.

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