Germany activates supercomputers to make energy and mobility more efficient

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The German Aerospace Center (DLR for its acronym in German) put into service a new supercomputer, called Caro, capable of calculating complex flow models of planes, trains, wind turbines, or even spacecraft, as reported today.

“With Caro, we have one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world for the aerospace sector,” DLR Executive Board Chairwoman Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla said at the system’s inauguration in Göttingen, northern Germany.

The supercomputer is expected to be about 10,000 times faster than a conventional computer and capable of performing 3.46 quadrillion calculations per second.

The system, for which 10.5 million euros ($10.65 million) has been invested, is among the 150 fastest computers in the world, according to the DLR.

Caro aims to make airplanes or even trains more efficient and safer by simulating flow models. It can also be used for wind turbines, for example, to simulate noise emissions.

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