Governor launches Supercomputing System at KAU

Updated 02 June 2015
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Governor launches Supercomputing System at KAU

JEDDAH: The Supercomputing System, which has been named “Aziz,” and the Center of Excellence on the campus of King Abdulaziz University (KAU), in partnership with Fujitsu, was launched on Monday.
The inauguration of “Aziz” was presided over by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed in the presence of Abdulrahman Alyoubi, interim president of KAU, Akira Kabemoto, senior executive vice president and head of service platform business at Fujitsu, Abdulfattah Mashat, vice president of Development at KAU, King Abdulaziz University faculty, executives from Fujitsu and students.
Mashat gave the introductory speech about “Aziz” and said the program was started three years ago with the strategic plan to boost KAU research and to empower faculty and students.
“At KAU … we deliver a global standard in research resources that supports the public and private sectors in the Kingdom. We also focus on developing our ICT solutions that allows over 160,000 students to flourish at KAU. As a consequence, our investment in Fujitsu’s HPC technology helped KAU deliver on its responsibilities by providing a reliable solution for students, academics and researches, who can leverage our new Center of Excellence and the technical support it will provide,” he said.
The new system will significantly boost research capabilities in meteorology and climate modeling, engineering, nanotechnology, aeronautics, genomic research, real-time vision, bioinformatics, water desalination, and industry-specific numerical simulations in the Kingdom, and will support many researchers and scientists affiliated with KAU.
“This will be a big shift in research work for KAU and for the whole country. This has huge capability of almost 12,000 cores, eight PB storage and 600 compute nodes,” he added.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.