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Inside Leonardo’s Gray Space

If the white space of a datacenter is the place where the actual machines are hosted, the gray space is the area set up to accommodate the back-end infrastructure that allows the machines to function

ECMWF & Cineca together for DestinE

Agreement signed between ECMWF and Cineca for the first development phase of the DestinE project.

Inside Leonardo’s White Space

Leonardo is a one of a kind machine, and to house it in an environment suited to its needs it was necessary to prepare a room, the so-called “white space”, designed in a very particular way.

The first components arrived at the Technopole today, assembly have already begun

30 trucks, 157 racks, 4,993 servers, for a total weight of 360,000 kilos, and hundreds of kilometers of cables. It will take the whole summer to complete the delivery of the European supercomputer Leonardo, whose first components arrived this morning at the Bologna Technopole.

EUMASTER4HPC, THE FIRST PAN-EUROPEAN MASTER IN HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING 

The European project EUMaster4HPC officially kicked off, and from September 2022 it will develop the first pan-European Master's degree in High-Performance Computing (HPC).

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Leonardo Pre-exascale Supercomputer

The European supercomputer Leonardo, hosted and managed by Cineca, that will be installed in  2022 in the new data center located in the Technopole of Bologna, is one of the three pre-exascale systems announced by EuroHPC Joint Undertaking

Cineca has a long history – since its establishment in 1969 – in supplying the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The strong partnership with the EuroHPC initiative has led to the realization of the Leonardo project, a significant step forward in raising European research in the field of computational sciences. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the European presence in high-performance computing, a strategic asset to promote the technological growth of the member states of the Union.

The continuous demand for computational resources requires providing researchers with increasingly high-performance technologies. Furthermore, the launch of new leading Italian and European initiatives, which face increasingly advanced computational challenges, are based on the availability of these technologies.

For example, the Leonardo supercomputer will contribute at the mitigation and management of risks due to extreme situations, natural events, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic events, flash flood, for the fight against pandemic and epidemic situations.

Leonardo's main goals are

Sustain the computing capability for the Italian and European researchers

The computational power of Leonardo will boost scientific exellences and industrial strenght across Europe.

Help ensure EU sovereignty on strategic technologies​

High Performance Computing is crucial to achieve progresses in research for the European Union as a whole.

tackle relevant and urgent societal challenges

Leonardo will be a critical tool for understanding and responding to complex challenges and transforming them into innovation opportunities.

Road to Leonardo

March 2017
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EuroHPC declaration

Launched in Rome and signed by France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

September 2018
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EuroHPC JU

Creation of a funding and legal entity wich will enable pooling the Union's and national resources on HPC.

June 2019
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Host sites Announced

Eight sites for HPC centres have been selected across the EU. Bologna is selected as the hosting site for Leonardo.

September 2019
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Leonardo presentation

Leonardo was presented during the 2021 European Researchers' Night.

October 2020
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Leonardo Procurement announce

Cineca and EuroHPC JU announce the results of the Leonardo procurement.

January 2021
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Project Kickoff

After the procurement phase, the project officially starts.

February 2022
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EU Delegation's Visit

Minister Maria Cristina Messa and Eu Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel visit the construction site of Leonardo.

July 2022
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JU Delegation's Visit

A EuroHPC JU's delegation visit was scheduled in July.

July 2022
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Leonardo's Data Room is Ready

Approximately on July 18th, Leonardo's Data Room will be ready and delivered.

July 2022
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Delivery of the rack begin

After completion of the data room, Atos' delivery of the racks will begin

Autumn 2022
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Leonardo Power On

This autumn, Leonardo will be power on for the first time.

why a Supercomputer?

But what is the relationship between supercomputing and our daily life?

Thanks to archival materials, videos and images of scientific simulations, films and articles, this video tells about the projects and scientific challenges that is possible to takle with the aid of a supercomputer.

A story that projects from the past into the future with Leonardo, destined to be one of the most powerful European supercomputers.

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Leonardo's Numbers

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