November 15, 2010
MOSCOW, Nov. 15 -- SC10 -- T-Platforms Group, a leading provider of HPC systems, software, services and solutions, and Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) announced an MOU to collaborate on the development of next generation supercomputer technology aiming for exascale levels of computation.
The agreement signed between T-Platforms and MSU paves way to developing original exascale technology in Russia and sets forth a long-standing technological collaboration. MSU brings to the partnership its vast and unique experience in the development of parallel algorithms, programming tools, and application software, as well as extensive expertise in testing and fine-tuning cutting edge hardware technology. T-Platforms will continue to develop original supercomputing equipment from components up to the system level, along with system management and monitoring software, designed to radically improve power efficiency, augment resilience, and improve manageability of next generation computers.
T-Platforms and MSU have a successful track record of teamwork that resulted in the two largest Russian supercomputers, Chebyshev (2008, 60TF), and Lomonosov, (2009, 350TF) currently ranked #17 on the TOP500 list (www.top500.org) of the world's fastest supercomputers. The two organizations have partnered on techniques for improving software scalability with tremendous results. One example in particular is a thermal simulation at MSU that achieved an incredible 99 percent computational efficiency (real vs. peak performance) over 1,000 nodes.
"Supercomputing has become a crucial factor of competitiveness for science and businesses, capable of propelling a country's economic growth and prosperity," said Victor Sadovnichy, Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University. "It is of vital importance for Russia to compete successfully with other world leaders in the development of next-generation supercomputing technology, as speed of innovation and improved quality of life depend a great deal on this technology. The cooperation of Russian supercomputer industry leaders, both vendors and customers, is a fundamental condition required to successfully meet the many challenges we face as we move forward toward exascale levels of computation."
"It has been demonstrated that the quality of technological breakthroughs achieved through computer simulations is in direct proportion to the performance level of available supercomputers," said Vsevolod Opanasenko, T-Platforms CEO. "However, evolutionary development of today's technology cannot provide substantial performance increases. We need a revolutionary leap to achieve this. All our efforts are now directed towards developing next decade technology, and the efficient use of this technology heavily depends on input from leading customers and software developers, such as Lomonosov Moscow State University. We are very excited working in conjunction with one of the world's leading scientific, educational and cultural institutions."
Established in 2002, T-Platforms Group has completed more than 200 supercomputer installations. T-Platforms Group consists of T-Platforms, T-Services, T-Massive Computing, and T-Design, with locations in Hannover, Moscow, Kiev and Taipei.
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