In June, 2018, 117 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers included in the TOP500 are Lenovo installations. Nearly one out of every four systems (23.4 percent) on the prestigious list is a Lenovo solution.
Most are built with 4 terabyte SD530 nodes that cost about $10,000 each. 1500 SD530 nodes make up a C$18,000 3 petaFLOP University of Toronto Supercomputer.
Most of the Lenovos on the list have between 200 and 2000 SD530 nodes.
Lenovo now has an upgrade SD650 node. Germany is putting 6500 of those to make a 26 petaFLOP supercomputer.
With air cooling, a data center consumes about 60% of the server power to cool the servers,
* 40% of server power with chilled water cooling,
* less than 10% with warm water like the SD650.
The potential savings for a supercomputer cluster that has a power consumption of 4-5 MW can be €100,000’s savings per year over 4-5 years.
The Xeon SP processor provides computational density. Lenovo was able to design a supercomputer for LRZ that would deliver 26.7 peak petaflops. It will be called SuperMUC-NG and will boot-up in 2018. It will be the most powerful supercomputer in Germany, it will be the most powerful system ever built by Lenovo.
It will cost 96 million euro to build and operate the SuperMUC-NG for 6 years.
$8 to 12 million Lenovo systems should be about 1.5 to 2 petaFLOPs. These should flush out the bottom half of the Top500 in 6 months. Lenovo could power half of the Top500 supercomputers.
Examples of Lenovo’s innovative supercomputer system designs and the research they enable include:
ITALY: CINECA – Largest computing center in Italy; The Marconi Supercomputer is among the world’s fastest energy efficient supercomputers; Research projects range from precision medicine to self-driving cars.
CANADA: SciNet – Home to Niagara, the most powerful supercomputer in Canada; First of its kind to leverage a dragonfly topology; Researchers have access to 3 petaflops of Lenovo processing power to help them understand the effect of climate change on ocean circulations. This system cost C$18 million and had 1500 SD530 nodes.
GERMANY: Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) – Supercomputing center in Munich, Germany; Lenovo’s Direct to Node warm water cooling technologies have reduced energy consumption at the facility by 40 percent; Scientists conduct earthquake and tsunami simulations to better predict future natural disasters.
SPAIN: Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Largest supercomputer in Spain; Voted “World’s Most Beautiful Data Center” by DatacenterDynamics; Scientists are using artificial intelligence models to improve the detection of retinal disease.
CHINA: Peking University – The first supercomputer in China to use Lenovo’s Direct to Node warm water cooling technology; Scientists are using Lenovo systems to conduct world leading life science and genetics research.
INDIA: The Liquid Propulsion System Centre (LPSC) – Research and development center functioning under the Indian Space Research Organization; Using Lenovo’s Direct to Node warm water cooling technology to develop next generation earth-to-orbit technologies.
DENMARK: VESTAS – The largest supercomputer in Denmark; Winner of HPCwire’s “Reader’s Choice for Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics”; Vestas is working to make wind energy production even more efficient by collecting and analyzing data to help customers pick the best sites for wind energy installations.
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