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Russia's first Pflops supercomputer enters second stage of development

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T-Platforms Group will deliver and install the second phase of expansion of the powerful Lomonosov supercomputer at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), increasing the overall supercomputer performance up to 1.3 Pflops (quadrillion operations per second).

Currently, the company is working on the first part of the Lomonosov supercomputer expansion project which will enable the system to reach a peak performance level of 510 Tflops before the end of December. The second stage, which will increase the peak processing capacity by another 800 Tflops, 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 compute density of the new platform, only eight standard computer cabinets are required to expand Lomonosov, with each one providing peak performance of 100 Tflops in double-precision operations. The new solution has allowed MSU to reduce the price/performance ratio down to $31,000 per Tflop.

The solution will also include an additional 100 Tbytes of high-reliability storage for user data, and will increase the archive system volume up to one Pbyte. The network infrastructure will be expanded, however since the engineering infrastructure installed during the first stage of the project was originally designed for system expansion up to one Pflop, 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. 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 of 2011.