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Digitalization in R&D

Meet Quriosity

Ever seen a supercomputer?
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Innovation

                       Meet Quriosity

When it comes to expediting digitalization at BASF, 
research and development play a key role. For example, to calculate the most promising polymer structure from thousands of possibilities, you need a high-performance computer with above-average computing power – just a supercomputer like our Quriosity.

With a computing power of 1.75 petaflops (1 petaflops equals one quadrillion floating point operations per second), the new computer, called Quriosity following an online naming contest among employees, offers around 10 times the overall computing power previously available to BASF researchers. It took roughly one year from initial internal planning meetings to start-up.

1.75 quadrillion

The number of floating point operations that the Quriosity supercomputer can perform each second, is equivalent to the computing power of around
50,000 laptops.

QURIOSITY – der Supercomputer der BASF

BASF's supercomputer Quriosity

How the new supercomputer is driving digitalization

Installing the supercomputer in Ludwigshafen involved reinforcing the floor in the server room, laying more than 1,000 network cables with a total length of 15 km as well as adding a separate water-cooling system, which can cool the supercomputer with 60,000 liters of water per hour. At full capacity, the supercomputer has an electricity consumption of roughly 600 kilowatts, generating significant waste heat in the process.

Live interview

On June 21, 2018, BASF supercomputing experts answered questions on Quriosity in a live interview.

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With Quriosity, much more complex models are possible, in which significantly more parameters can be varied. This could not only result in substantially reduced development times, but also previously unknown relationships can be recognized and used to advance completely new research approaches.

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Using digital technologies and data, we are creating additional value for our customers and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our processes.

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