Lenovo will a build a Supercomputer for SURF which gives 14 PFLOPS performance
Lenovo will a build a Supercomputer for SURF which gives 14 PFLOPS performance

Lenovo will build a Supercomputer for SURF, which will give 14 PFLOPS Performance.

Last Updated on February 12, 2021 by

The Netherlands will get its most powerful supercomputer for SURF, which Lenovo Data Center Group will develop. This supercomputer will cost €20 million, and it promises to provide a performance of 14 petaflops.

The servers of Lenovo ThinkSystem will get their working power from the high-performance processor AMD EPYC, Nvidia Mellanox HDR InfiniBand networking, and Nvidia A100 Tensor Core GPUs. This will be present in the Amsterdam Data Tower at the Science Park in Amsterdam.

If you have no idea about SURF, then carry on reading. SURF is a cooperative of universities, research institutions, university medical centers, and vocational schools. All of them collaborate with each other on ICT innovations and ICT facilities.

Lenovo is about to build a supercomputer in the Netherlands, which will give a performance of 14 PFLOPS.

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AMD EPYC in the new supercomputer

There is a growing need for storing data, processing the data, and calculating the power. The new supercomputer which will be made will be very helpful when it comes to scientific research. The Research Services Manager at SURF, Walter Lioen, believes in the quality of work that Lenovo will put behind the success of SURF. He is confident that the computer will be future proof and will be made durable and long-lasting.

Cartesius supercomputer, which SURF is using currently, has received a significant upgrade and is working at 1.3 petaflops of horsepower. This high-performing supercomputer will be utilized by many research centers and educational institutions all over the Netherlands.

This supermachine will make the complex calculations of astrophysics, meteorology, social sciences, medical sciences, earth sciences, material sciences, and climate change study very easy. The prime reason why SURF chose Lenovo is that the company is reliable and holds a good record when it comes to sustainability and performance.

EMEA Director, HPC and AI at Lenovo DCG, Noam Rosen, has mentioned that the partnership with SURF will portray the prolonged commitment towards providing new HPC technological support to make complex problem solving very easy. Lenovo wants to provide the power of such a massive supercomputer to an organization like SURF for some detailed research on topics.

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The water cooling technology used by Lenovo, Lenovo Neptune, will remove more than 90% of the heat which the system will generate. The Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science will fund this supercomputer. The funding is €18 million, and the remaining will be covered by SURF.

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