The Inauguration Of Cineca’s New Host In Bologna: The Leonardo Supercomputer

After its debut at the 4th position on the Top500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, the time has come to inaugurate the supercomputer Leonardo.

It will develop new applications in areas such as artificial intelligence and personalised medicine, renewable energy sources, drug and material design, bio-engineering, weather forecasting, and combating climate change.

During the ceremony, which will be held at the construction site in Bologna, on November 24th from 9.30, in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, and other Italian, Regional and European authorities and of the national and international research community.

In the first panel Mr Michele Parrinello, Dreyfus Prize for Chemical Sciences and Benjamin Franklin Medal for Chemistry, Mr Philippe Oliva, CEO of Atos Corporate, Mr Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford and Professor at the University of Bologna and Mr Anders Jensen, Executive Director of EuroHPC, will discuss about science and innovation.

In the last panel Mr Roberto Viola, Director General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission (CNECT), Mr Sergio Dompé, President of Dompé, Mr Giuseppe di Franco, CEO of Atos Italia and Mr Antonio Zoccoli, President of National Research Centre in High-Performance Computing, Big Data and Quantum Computing Foundation, will talk about the importance of the high-performance computing for industry and economics.

The Honours of the house will belong to the President of Cineca Francesco Ubertini and the CEO of Cineca David Vannozzi.

The European supercomputer Leonardo will be installed in the new data centre located in the Technopole of Bologna, it is one of the three pre-exascale systems announced by EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.

Cineca has a long history – since its establishment in 1969 – in supplying the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The strong partnership with the EuroHPC initiative has led to the realization of the Leonardo project, a significant step forward in raising European research in the field of computational sciences. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the European presence in high-performance computing, a strategic asset to promote the technological growth of the member states of the Union.

The continuous demand for computational resources requires providing researchers with increasingly high-performance technologies. Furthermore, the launch of new leading Italian and European initiatives, which face increasingly advanced computational challenges, is based on the availability of these technologies.

For example, the Leonardo supercomputer will contribute to the mitigation and management of risks due to extreme situations, natural events, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic events, and flash floods, in the fight against pandemic and epidemic situations.

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