In order to expand the use of eScience to a broad spectrum of research areas, DeIC in cooperation with the University of Southern Denmark has established a national supercomputing center at the university in the city of Odense. The supercomputer is called Abacus 2.0.
The center is financed via a donation of DKK 15 million (2 million Euro) from DeIC and a loan of DKK 20 million (2.7 million Euro) provided by the university. The loan will be paid back through purchase of computing resources: The University of Southern Denmark will buy compute time for DKK 3.75 million per year over a four year period. Aarhus University is to buy for DKK 1.25 million per year, while Aalborg University has committed to DKK 0.25 million per year.
The other Danish universities have signed a declaration of interest in using the facility.
The collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark about establishing a national HPC center began after DeIC in 2013 had requested feedback from universities and other relevant parties about national cooperation within the HPC area. For more information please see DeIC´s website.
In 2014, DeIC established an eScience Change Advisory Board (CAB) with the aim of coordinating the national effort on eScience infrastructure, research and training. In cooperation with the DeIC CAB, SDU has finalised the specifications of the national infrastructure.
In June, 2015 Abacus 2.0 became operational.