Lenovo Showcases Global HPC Leadership Ambitions at ISC

July 14, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 14 — At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2015 and following the opening of the company’s first global HPC (High Performance Computing) centre in Stuttgart in March 2015, Lenovo will be reaffirming its commitments and ambitions in the high-performance computing sector with a number of new partnerships and initiatives that underpin its position as a leader on the world stage of HPC.  These include joining Intel’s code modernisation enablement programme and adopting Intel’s HPC scalable system framework for future products; a new partnership with Mellanox to accelerate the adoption of EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect and server technology; SuperMUC Phase 2 now operational at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, and investments in supporting young talent in the HPC Advisory Council ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition.

Commenting on the company’s focus on HPC, Vice President Strategic Alliances and General Manager of HPC worldwide at Lenovo, Brian Connors, said: “HPC continues to be at an exciting time for our industry but in particular an exciting time for Lenovo.  We see great opportunities for worldwide growth in the mainstream commercial HPC market and our global footprint, deep knowledge of the China market and heritage in the commercial sector makes us a natural fit for customers wanting to work with a true global player – whether it be for analytics; big data analysis or commercial systems for industries such as manufacturing, financial services, medical and energy.  We are continuing to accelerate both our business and our ambitions by investing in innovations, R&D, services and partnerships to ensure our clients can be at the forefront of HPC both today and in the future.”

The announcements today include:

  • Lenovo joins Intel code modernisation enablement programme and adopts Intel’s HPC scalable system framework:
    • Lenovo is joining Intel’s code modernisation enablement programme and will be working with identified clients to maximize their application performance for current and future Intel Xeon processors and the Intel Xeon Phi product family
    • Lenovo is adopting Intel’s HPC scalable system framework for next generation products targeted for HPC and Big Data.  The framework enables systems to scale performance, power, and cost from small multi-node clusters up to large HPC deployments

“Lenovo has a strong legacy in computing and is making substantial investments in High Performance Computing,” said Charles Wuischpard, VP Datacenter Group, GM of Workstations and HPC at Intel.  “We’re excited that Lenovo is joining the code modernization enablement partner program to help end users maximize application performance using open standards based programming models and we look forward to partnering with Lenovo to deliver innovative next generation products based on Intel’s HPC scalable system framework.”

  • Lenovo and Mellanox announce new partnership to accelerate adoption of the new fabric and server technology to speed up automotive design efficiency – The programme will include:
    • NeXtScale System nx360 M5 (36 nodes) + Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect pre-qualified solution for the automotive segment
    • Opportunity for automotive customers to benchmark workloads at the Lenovo HPC Centre in Stuttgart on the latest servers with Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect (EDA, CAE, FOAM, Crash Simulations, 3D Visualisation, etc) with experts from Lenovo and Mellanox  available to help optimise code and train teams
    • Eligibility for specially discounted configurations for clients who engage as part of this new programme

“High-performance computing simulations are dramatically increasing in the manufacturing segment especially in Automotive which requires the right amount of computing power and high-performance interconnect. Lenovo’s solution for this segment is spot on and will provide tremendous value to clients to get their products to market faster, said Gilad Shainer, VP of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies.  Interconnect performance capabilities are critical to data- and compute-intensive applications like CAE which require ultra-low latency and a high rate of message communication in order to deliver faster results.”

  • SuperMUC Phase 2 now live at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre LRZ) – On June 29th 2015, the expansion of High Performance Computer SuperMUC was officially put into operation, pushing the maximum theoretical computing power of SuperMUC to 6.8 Petaflops. The extension to SuperMUC, a System X iDataPlex which first became operative in mid-2012, is based on Lenovo NeXtScale and Intel’s latest technology. 86,016 processor cores in 6,144 Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 processors, were added to the previously available 155,656 processor cores. This performance boost comes with surprisingly minimal space requirements –in fact doubling the system performance, with only 25% of additional space added.  SuperMUC will continue to be one of the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world. The proven Lenovo hot water cooling technology was also applied to Phase 2 of the installation. As well as the increase of computational power, the LRZ Supercomputing infrastructure now offers an additional 7.5 Petabyte of storage on GPFS storage servers (GSS) by combining GPFS with Lenovo’s System x servers – enabling 5 PB of data to be managed with an aggregated bandwidth of 160 GBs across the distributed environment.
  • Lenovo invests in young talents at ISC 2015 – Lenovo is sponsoring the 2015 Student Cluster Competition at this year’s ISC event. In its 4th year the competition features small teams that compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, 11 teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. The students will have a unique opportunity to learn, experience and demonstrate how high-performance computing influence our world and day-to-day learning. Held in collaboration of the HPC Advisory Council and ISC, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high performance computing world and community whether it be in the field of scientific research or commercial systems.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

Source: Lenovo

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