B1 becomes Betzy
Just after the summer holidays, all employees in the Norwegian Metacenter were invited to participate in the finding of a name for the new cluster B1. The competition was organized in two steps. First, we collected suggestions and thereafter, we compiled a short-list of practical suggestions and conducted a voting. Eventually, Betzy was named the winner.
The supercomputer is named after Mary Ann Elizabeth (Betzy) Stephansen, the first Norwegian woman with a Ph.D in mathematics. Read the interesting story of Betzy at NMBUs webpages (in Norwegian).
The most powerful supercomputer in Norway
Betzy is a BullSequana XH2000, provided by Atos, and will give Norwegian researchers more than 5 times more capacity than previously, with a theoretical peak performance of 5.9 PetaFlops. The supercomputer, which will be placed at NTNU in Trondheim, will be available to users during the second half of 2020.