For several years now, the Flemish government makes financial resources available for supercomputing. These investments allow Flemish researchers to make important contributions at international level in research and innovation, so that Flanders can remain competitive.
For example, the current Flemish supercomputer infrastructure is being used to investigate the consequences of climate change in urban environments, to simulate the effects of major infrastructure modifications on air quality and other environmental factors and to increase the energy output of wind farms.
Supercomputing in Flanders is also crucial for the modeling of space weather, to predict the influence of solar activity on communication and GPS systems, and to optimize the efficiency of chemical production processes.
The supercomputer infrastructure is also used to develop models to predict the spread of infectious diseases, to find better biomarkers in cancer research, and in the development of new materials with innovative properties.
Supercomputer Tier 1 – © UGent, foto Hilde Christiaens
In order to support this calculation-intensive research in the future too, the Flemish government wants to take the step towards “Supercomputing as a service” and releases 30 million euros for this. “Supercomputing as a service” is a new concept for supercomputing that will include data storage and cloud services as well as computing power.
This new model is needed to provide an answer to new needs of researchers, because in life sciences, social sciences and industry, among others, there is not only a demand for more computing power, but also for the processing of large datasets and a more user-friendly access to data.