Lenovo opens first HPC Innovation Centre
March 27, 2015 // 11:40 a.m.
Chinese computing giant Lenovo has announced the opening of its first High-Performance Computing (HPC) Innovation Centre, located in Stuttgart, Germany.
Built in partnership with chip maker Intel, Lenovo's HPC Innovation Centre opened this week to provide access to an infrastructure based around the Xeon E5 2600 v3 processor and Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect. Naturally, the company's own technology is also a focus: the company's NeXtScale System HPC platform is where you'll find the aforementioned technology residing. Additional partner companies include Nvidia and IBM, while Lenovo has opened the doors to client partners including the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Cineca, ScaleMP, PathScale and Allinea.
'Today marks a milestone in our ambition as a company. Not only are we opening the company’s first global HPC centre but we are reaffirming our commitment, investment and ambitions in the enterprise,' claimed Lenovo EMEA president Aymar de Lencquesaing at the opening. 'The EMEA market has huge potential for HPC and provides a fertile ground for us to lead major advancements in projects and research that have an incredible impact on both industry and society.'
The research being carried out by Lenovo and its partners at the centre will, it has been claimed, form the basis for future technological advances to benefit many fields of computing. Already, Lenovo's partnership with Intel has seen research begin on improved message-passing interface (MPI) scaling for highly-parallel computing systems, with LRZ on energy-aware scheduling and workload optimisation to boost efficiency in the data centre, with STFC Hartree Centre to develop next-generation supercomputing architectures and supporting software, and with Mellanox to improve MPI scaling on its fabric interconnects.
'Intel is excited with the deep technical collaboration with Lenovo in their new HPC Innovation Centre,' claimed Rajeeb Hazra, vice president of Intel's Data Centre Group. 'In addition to giving end users early access to some of Intel’s latest technology, such as future Intel Xeon Phi processors and Intel Omni-Path Fabric, the Centre will be a key software enabling site focusing on MPI tuning and code modernisation for highly parallel applications. We look forward to the important end user innovations that this Centre will help to enable.'
The Lenovo HPC Innovation Centre has been accepted as a full member of the European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing.