December 01, 2010
MOSCOW, Dec. 1 -- T-Platforms Group, a leading provider of systems, software, services and solutions for high performance computing, has won an open tender to deliver and install the second phase of expansion of the powerful Lomonosov supercomputer at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). The contract, worth roughly 25 million dollars (USD), provides for increasing the overall supercomputer performance up to 1.3 petaflops (quadrillion operations per second).
Currently, T-Platforms is working on the first stage of the Lomonosov supercomputer expansion project which will enable the system to reach a peak performance level of 510 teraflops before the end of December. The second stage, which will increase the peak processing capacity by another 800 teraflops, bringing the total system peak performance level to 1.3 PFLOPS, will be based on the latest TB2-TLTM hybrid blade system from T-Platforms equipped with Nvidia's TeslaTM X2070 GPUs. Due to the unique compute density of the new platform, only eight standard computer cabinets are required to expand Lomonosov, with each one providing peak performance of 100 teraflops in double-precision operations. The new solution has allowed MSU to reduce the price/performance ratio down to a record-breaking $31,000 per TFLOPS.
The solution will also include an additional 100 terabytes of high-reliability storage for user data, and will increase the archive system volume up to 1 petabyte. Additionally, the network infrastructure will be expanded, however, since the engineering infrastructure installed during the first stage of the Lomonosov supercomputer project was originally designed for system expansion up to 1 petaflops, additional power and cooling infrastructure is not required.
The first stage of Lomonosov, currently operating and based on Intel Xeon processors, will be integrated with the new hybrid system based on GPUs through a shared InfiniBand interconnect infrastructure, which will allow the two systems to operate as a single computer.
Per the contract agreement, delivery of most of the equipment will be completed before the end of this year, and the commissioning of the complex will be completed at the end of the second quarter, 2011.
Established in 2002, T-Platforms Group has completed more than 200 supercomputer installations and is rapidly emerging as one of the leading global HPC companies, providing comprehensive supercomputing systems, software and services, with customer installations consistently included on the TOP500 worldwide list of the most powerful supercomputers. T-Platforms Group develops, installs and maintains complete turn-key solutions for high performance computing environments and datacenters, specializing in innovative hardware and software solution suites designed with the scalability requirements of petascale, and eventually exascale-class 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. For more information on T-Platforms Group, see www.t-platforms.com.
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