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A National Computer Board under the Ministry of Education deals among other subjects with questions on supercomputing
and supercomputing policy.
Until 2000 UNI·C coordinated the national supercomputing policy for the research and
educational community. This role is now fulfilled by DCSC, a national centre resorting under
the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
DCSC has established 4 centres. These are located at: Technical University of Denmark (DCSC/DTU),
University of Copenhagen (DCSC/KU), University of
Southern Denmark (DCSC/SDU) and Århus University (DCSC/AU). The 2004 budget was €1.4 million.
Supercomputing facilities for the academia
- Aarhus University: IBM pSeries cluster (690/64 + 655/16), SGI Altix 3700/64,
Beowulf cluster (32 P4/2000)
- DMI: NEC SX-6/64
- DTU: Beowulf cluster (434 P4/3200 + 479 P4/2260), SunFire 25K/72, SunFire 6800 cluster/24,
Sun Fire 12K/48, Sun Fire 6800 cluster/96,
Beowulf cluster (94 EV67 + 46 EV6), SGI Altix 3000/64,
SGI Altix 3000/64, SGI Altix 3000/32, Beowulf cluster (210 P4/2400)
- University of Copenhagen: SGI Altix 3700/64, SGI 3400/26,
Beowulf cluster (24 Athlon/1400 + 6 AMD/700 +2 PIII/933 +1 PIII/700)
- USD: Beowulf cluster (512 P4/2000 + 140 P4/2660 + 304 P4/3200)
The figure shows how the aggregate performance of the Danish HPC systems and the peak performance of the #1 system developed
during the last 5 years.
National academic network
The Danish Research Network "Forskningsnettet" serves the Danish universities and research
institutions. Its backbone between Lyngby and the universities in Odense, Aarhus and Ålborg
operates at 2 Gbps.
International connectivity is provided via NORDUNET. The link is 10 Gbps.
Forskningsnettet is run by UNI·C.
Forskningsnettet's 2005 budget is €5 million.
Allocation of resources
Researchers can apply at DCSC for resources on the systems at the DCSC centres or for funds to set up new computer systems at one of this centres.
The applications are reviewed according to the procedure of the Research Councils.
In August 2003 the Danish Center for Grid Computing (DCGC) was established by the Danish Natural Science Research
Council (SNF) with DKK 7.5 million funding for a 3 year period. The DCGC participants are DTU, Copenhagen University,
Aalborg University, Aarhus University and USD.
Acquisition and upgrade plans
List of abbreviations
- DCSC Danish Center for Scientific Computing, Copenhagen
- DMI Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen
- DTU Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby
- UNI·C Danish Computing Centre for Research and Education (Lyngby, Aarhus, Copenhagen)
- USD University of Southern Denmark
Contacts and Addresses
Prof. K.V. Mikkelsen
University of Copenhagen/Department of Chemistry
DK 2100 Copenhagen Ø
Prof. Dr. Dorte Olesen
(Director of UNI·C)
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
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