BASF and Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced
that the companies will collaborate to develop one of the world’s largest
supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF's Ludwigshafen
headquarters this year.
Based on the latest generation of HPE
Apollo 6000 systems, the new supercomputer will drive the digitalization of
BASF's worldwide research.
As introduced, the new system will make it possible to
answer complex questions and reduce the time required to obtain results from
several months to days across all research areas. As part of BASF’s
digitalization strategy, the company plans to significantly expand its
capabilities to run virtual experiments with the supercomputer. It will help
BASF reduce time to market and costs by, for example, simulating processes on
catalyst surfaces more precisely or accelerating the design of new polymers
with pre-defined properties.
“The new supercomputer will promote the application and development of complex modeling and simulation approaches, opening up completely new avenues for our research at BASF,” said Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer at BASF.
“In today’s data-driven economy, high
performance computing plays a pivotal role in driving advances in space exploration,
biology and artificial intelligence,” said Meg Whitman, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “We expect this supercomputer to
help BASF perform prodigious calculations at lightning fast speeds, resulting
in a broad range of innovations to solve new problems and advance our world.”
With the help of Intel Xeon processors,
high-bandwidth, low-latency Intel Omni-Path Fabric and HPE management software,
the supercomputer acts as a single system with an effective performance of more
than 1 Petaflop (1 Petaflop equals one quadrillion floating point operations
per second). With this system architecture, a multitude of nodes can work
simultaneously on highly complex tasks, dramatically reducing the processing
Developed and built with HPE, the new
supercomputer will consist of several hundred computer nodes. The supercomputer
will also leverage HPE Apollo Systems to give customers simplified
administration efficiencies and flexibility to match their solutions to the