Discover Iran’s Simorgh supercomputer

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2021-05-17 09:08:24

On May 16, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that Iran had unveiled its most powerful “domestic” supercomputer to date, built by Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT).

According to the report, the Simorgh supercomputer, named after a bird in Persian mythology, currently has an output potential of 0.56 petaflops and will achieve 1 petaflop in two months.

The developers say the country’s new supercomputer will provide large-scale data processing services for a wide range of scientific research by public institutions and individuals, IRNA said.

Besides, it will also be used for artificial intelligence analysis, traffic and weather data collection as well as image processing and a few other things.

The supercomputer, which costs about 1 trillion rials ($4.5 million), was designed and built entirely by a team of Iranian engineers. A decade ago, they were the same people who created Iran’s first supercomputer, although some of its hardware had to be imported.

According to Ahmad Motamedi, President of Amirkabir University, this supercomputer will provide a stable infrastructure for businesses, with an emphasis on private companies, in addition to serving the government.

“Currently, many companies have good potential, but domestic infrastructure cannot meet their needs, which forces them to use foreign infrastructure,” said Mr. Ahmad Motamedi. shall.

The supercomputer is based on the TIA-942 standard, will have 42 racks on an area of ​​about 250 square meters and will be upgraded to 84 racks on an area of ​​400 square meters.

According to IRNA, AUT’s infrastructure will allow the supercomputer to reach a capacity of 10 petaflops in its later development, on par with some of the world’s most powerful competitors.

The university has partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), which funded half of the project’s budget, with the science department of the president’s office and the science department paying the rest. .

According to Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Iran has embarked on the creation of the next supercomputer, which is 100 times more capable than Simorgh. On Twitter, he said the supercomputer will be named Maryam, in memory of world-class Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani and to “thank you for the efforts of Iranian female technologists”.

Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford University in California, died of breast cancer in 2017 at the age of 40. In 2014, she was awarded the Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics, becoming a woman. The first female and the first Iranian to achieve this title.

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