One of the most expensive scientific projects ever funded by Brazil is threatened because of the economic crisis. This is the “Santos Dumont” supercomputer, the most powerful machine in Latin America, which had to be turned off because there is no money to pay for the device’s electricity bill. The device is located at the National Scientific Computing Laboratory, in Petrópolis. Each month, the computer spends up to R $ 500,000 on electricity, but the government has not readjusted the unit’s budget. As a result, the price of the bills started to consume 80% of the laboratory’s resources, which makes the complete operation of the supercomputer impracticable, which runs the risk of being permanently disabled.
Very sad. We even talked about this supercomputer in MacMagazine on Air # 169, which had the participation of our gold boss Leonardo Fialho.
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