Komondor supercomputer handed over at the University of Debrecen

Haiman Éva | 2023-01-25
Hungary's most powerful supercomputer, with a computing capacity of 50,000 laptops per minute, was inaugurated in Debrecen on 13 January. The system, dubbed Komondor, after the robust Hungarian sheepdog breed, has been installed at the Supercomputer Centre of the Governmental Information Technology Development Agency (KIFÜ) on the Kassai Street Campus of the University of Debrecen (DE).

The five petaflops system cost 4.7 billion forints and took two years to build. Komondor will increase the country’s current HPC (High Performance Computing) capacity tenfold.

The country’s newest and most powerful supercomputer is needed to process large amounts of data in almost all scientific fields. Komondor, which includes artificial intelligence and big data partitions, can perform up to 10,000 times the computing and data processing power of desktop machines per second. It has the capacity to run fifty thousand laptops simultaneously.

Zoltán Bács, chancellor of the University of Debrecen (on the right) and Endre Spaller, president of KIFÜ (in the middle) at the handover ceremony. (Photo: MTI)

The supercomputer will also support the future work of the teaching and research staff of the University of Debrecen.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Endre Spaller, president of KIFÜ, said, “Komondor is a research infrastructure that will primarily be used by researchers, but it can also strengthen high value-added activities in the economy”.

We wrote in November 2022 about the University of Debrecen that Hungary’s largest e-sports centre, mainly for educational purposes, has been inaugurated. The University of Debrecen’s facility will not only serve e-sports players, but also support the university’s IT and technical trainings.