April 21, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Supercomputer access for Finnish researchers, games and mining
The Joliot-Curie-Rome in France is among the supercomputers that will be used by Finnish researchers.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Supercell, Metso and Finnish research make headlines.
Supercell‘s Brawl Stars gets a summer release in China, researchers at Finnish universities are granted supercomputer core hours from PRACE, and Metso wins an order from the Russian mining sector.
Finland-based mobile game developer Supercell has announced that its multiplayer shooter Brawl Stars will officially launch in China on 9 June. Brawl Stars was among the first batch of games approved in 2020 by the Chinese game regulator, State Administration of Press and Publication (SAPP). Originally launched in December 2018, the game reached 100 million downloads and generated hundreds of millions in player spending in its first six months. It has also seen a spike in downloads during the coronavirus outbreak.
Research groups led by Finnish researchers have been granted nearly 200 million core hours on supercomputers from PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe). Granting the highly valued resources indicates that computational science is at a high level in Finland. The recipients include several professors taking part in international research projects on space and medical science at the University of Helsinki, Aalto University and the University of Jyväskylä. The 20th call for proposals for PRACE’s Project Access yielded 59 eligible proposals, of which 45 were awarded a total of 2.11 billion core hours.
Finnish company Metso will supply semi-augotenous (SAG) and ball mill linings for the upcoming facilities of Russian Copper Company’s (RCC) Tominsky Processing Plant. The contract comes on the heels of two earlier mill lining contracts for RCC’s Mikheevsky Processing Plant, struck in December 2019. The combined value of the three contracts is approximately 24 million euros. The shipments started in March 2020.
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