The African continent has a new supercomputer to power advanced research conducted by industrial scientists, academic researchers and entrepreneurs in Morocco and elsewhere in Africa.\nThat system \u2014 named Toubkal, for the highest peak in North Africa \u2014 debuted at No. 98 on the Top500 list of the world\u2019s biggest and fastest supercomputers when it was brought online last year. The system is under the domain of the African Supercomputing Center (ASCC), which is a new entity in the University Mohamed VI Polytechnic (UM6P).\nToubkal was delivered through a partnership involving experts from the University of Cambridge, Dell Technologies and Intel. It delivers a Linpack-rated performance of 3.15 petaflops, which is by far the highest in Africa, according to the ASCC. The system\u2019s theoretical peak performance is 5.1 petaflops, according to its Top500 listing.\nThis high-powered system is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 servers, which offer up to two Intel\u00ae Xeon\u00ae Scalable processors, including integrated Omni-Path fabric processors with up to 28 cores per processor and up to 205W processors. For this installation, the ASCC opted for the Intel\u00ae Xeon\u00ae Platinum 8276L processor. In all, Toubkal delivers the power of 71,232 processing cores.\nOther features of the system include an NVIDIA Mellanox InfiniBand HDR100 interconnect, the CentOS Scientific-OpenStack operating system, 244 TB of memory and 8 PB of storage, along with Intel compilers, Intel\u00ae Math Kernel Library (Intel\u00ae MKL) and Intel\u00ae MPI Library.\nThe ASCC expects these resources to power promising research projects in the areas of artificial intelligence, data analytics, genomics, food security, agriculture and mining. Some of the inaugural projects for Toubkal include modeling the genome of protected plants, modeling the microbiome genome of micro-organisms in soils, analyzing satellite data to help improve agricultural land management, and analyzing meteorological data to help improve the provision of renewable energy across the continent, according to news reports.\nAll in all, we\u2019re talking about putting the power of HPC to work accelerate innovation and discovery across the African continent. For a closer look at the Toubkal supercomputer, visit the African Supercomputing Center.