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Leonardo: a supercomputer at the service of research


Leonardo is the 240 million euro supercomputer that is fourth in the world in terms of computing power and speed , capable of executing over a trillion operations per second . The supercomputer is available for research, from physics and astronomy to earth sciences and meteorology.


The supercomputer will allow new applications in various sectors such as artificial intelligence and personalized medicine, renewable energy sources and climate change. Assembly began at the Bologna Technopole in July with the delivery of 155 racks and thousands of components. Leonardo was lit in October and inaugurated in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella . Thanks to him and Lumi, located in Finland, Europe has become one of the international computing powers.

Managed by Cineca, Leonardo is funded half by the European Union through the EuroHPC High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking and the rest by the Ministry of University and Research, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (Infn) and the International School Superior of Advanced Studies (Sissa). part of the investments also came from the Emilia-Romagna Region.

We are part of history, not spectators, with supercomputing we have to be where it competes, but supercomputing is a means, people make the difference. Dreams are only possible from great demonstrations of valor such as those shown by the men and women who worked on this project that has come true.

Anna Maria Bernini, Minister for University and Research

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