BASF Collaborates With HP to Build The Fastest Supercomputer for Chemical Research

The current HPE Apollo 6000 system which is the basis for the new supercomputer at BASF. Representative Image

German chemical giant Baden Aniline and Soda Factory (BASF) are on the verge of creating the most powerful R&D supercomputer till date.

The company has recently announced its collaboration with computing firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to develop one of the largest and fastest supercomputer for industry-oriented worldwide chemical research.

To be installed at BASFs headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany, later this year, the supercomputer will drive the digitalization of BASF’s R&D research across the globe and is expected to make it possible to reduce the time required to obtain results for the most complex of equations.

“The supercomputer will significantly reduce the processing time required to obtain complex results from several months to days across all research areas.” says BASF

The current Apollo 6000 system is based on Intel Xeon E3 V3 processor. However, the more advanced custom-designed supercomputer will leverage HPE Apollo 6000’s current system. With an additional processing speed of 1 Petaflop, it can handle one quadrillion floating point operations per second.

Simply put, the multitude of several hundred computer nodes will be able to work simultaneously on complex tasks.

The current HPE Apollo 6000 system is the basis for the new supercomputer at BASF, which is to be used for industrial chemical research. The system will have a capacity of more than 1 petaflop. Image credits:HPE
The current HPE Apollo 6000 system is the basis for the new supercomputer at BASF, which is to be used for industrial chemical research. The system will have a capacity of more than 1 Petaflop. Image credits: HPE

The BASF computer will have a high bandwidth and low latency rate. It will also have fast response time via an Omni-Path network – also from Intel. The management software from HPE, which consists of several hundred computational nodes, should ensure simplified administration and flexibility.

“The new supercomputer will promote the application and development of complex modeling and simulation approaches. This will open up completely new avenues for our research at BASF,” said Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer at BASF.


BASF anticipates this digitization strategy will boost company’s plan to significantly extend its research capabilities to run virtual experiments on the supercomputer.

BASF believes that simulating processes on catalyst surfaces to a more accurate level or designing acceleration of new polymers with pre-defined properties can be done in few days using the new supercomputers.

Imagine how this could revolutionize modeling and simulation of complex processes.

“In today’s data-driven economy, high performance computing plays a pivotal role in driving advances in space exploration, biology and artificial intelligence,” said Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HPE.

BASF expects the new supercomputer to be the fastest and most powerful in the chemical industry. However, they are quick to add that other companies will soon follow suit.

Read the press release here.



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