New project to make supercomputer operation more sustainable kicked off

The Deucalion supercomputer, to be installed in Minho Advanced Computing Centre (MACC), will thus operate in the most sustainable way possible

The project’s main goal is to develop an innovative energy management solution that allows the operation of a supercomputer more sustainable, which analyzes the degree of emissions of electricity available, locally generated or not, to meet the needs of the machine in order to minimize the carbon footprint of the computational process.

With this project, it will be possible to “create a support solution for sustainable supercomputing that can even be scaled and replicated in data centres, contributing to the reduction of the carbon footprint of these energy-intensive users”, said Luís Seca, who is responsible for the project at INESC TEC.

The Sustainable HPC project is aligned with the National Strategy for Advanced Computing and aims to put Portugal in a position of international leadership in sustainable advanced computing. The Deucalion supercomputer, which will be installed at Minho Advanced Computing Centre (MACC), will, in this way, operate in the most sustainable way possible.

Deucalion is the latest Portuguese supercomputer. It will be operational in 2022 at the MACC in Avepark, Guimarães, the largest of the four operational centres for advanced computing in Portugal, owned by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and with scientific and operational coordination of the University of Minho.