Authors: Steve Conway and Earl Joseph
Publication Date: December 2019
Length: 3 pages
Plans to upgrade the MareNostrum 4 supercomputer housed in the Torre Girona chapel at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BCS) have been public since the middle of this year. This much had been disclosed about the planned MareNostrum 5 successor supercomputer:
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