Case study

KU Leuven supercomputer is equivalent to 20,000 smartphones

Flemish university, KU Leuven, wanted to boost its high-performance computing (HPC) capability so it could apply artificial intelligence (AI) to scientific research programs. Along with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, it has created a new supercomputer with the equivalent power of 20,000 smartphones. One of the largest such installation in Flanders, it will be used by both academia and industry.

Challenge

Need to harness power of AI
The Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC) was established in 2007 as a collaboration between the Flemish Government and five universities in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. VSC's goal was to support the universities in aligning and integrating its existing supercomputer infrastructures, as well as creating a competitive grid and HPC infrastructure that would be available to private and publicly funded researchers in Flanders.
KU Leuven has 50000 students from over 140 countries, it is one of Europe's leading universities and is consistently ranked among the five most innovative universities in the world. It is dedicated to research, education, and service to society and is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Academic staff conduct basic and applied research in a comprehensive range of disciplines and University Hospitals Leuven, a network of research hospitals, provides high-quality healthcare and develops new therapeutic and diagnostic insights.
Also involved is another VSC member, Hasselt University (UHasselt). True to its baseline, Knowledge in action, UHasselt is an innovative and dynamic university with seven faculties and six research institutes that cover a wide range of research areas - biomedical, environmental, statistical, material, transportation research, and digital media technology research. UHasselt is home to about 6400 students and 1300 academic, administrative, and technical staff members.