Kazakhstan Shows Interest in Russian Supercomputer Technology
Nov. 11. HPCwire. MOSCOW
T-Platforms, the Russian supercomputer holding, the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Microsoft Corporation, EMEA Incubation Sales Department, have signed a memorandum of cooperation in the field of building a supercomputer technology center under the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The center is expected to boost development of the Kazakh science, economy and the country’s general marketability in the international arena. The document was signed in Almaty city, the capital of Kazakhstan, on Nov. 3, 2009.
“Powerful computing resources are a key factor of national economy development,” said Bektas Mukhamedzhanov, chief executive of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, “We make an aim to create and further develop a powerful computing base that will let us move to a new level of solving the challenging tasks in science, education and industry.”
It is planned to utilize the resources of the future center for intensive development of such sectors of the national economy as energy, oil extraction, industry, state management, education and science, public health service, ecology, finance, social services and the defense sector. Supercomputer technology not only reduces the time of research and development in these fields but also makes these processes less expensive by replacing part of real experiments with mathematic modeling. Moreover, the supercomputer will allow modeling and simulation of conditions that are impossible or dangerous to simulate in real life. For instance, space objects collapse or global climate change.
The Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan has shown interest in using T-Platforms HPC technology and solutions for the center project implementation. A supercomputer with performance of some 10-20Tflops is planned to become the computing base of the supercomputer technology center under the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Therefore, according to expert opinion, Kazakhstan will become the 2nd country in the CIS after Russia to hold computing systems with real productivity of such rate. Further it is planned to gradually scale the supercomputer’s capacity up to 100Tflops.
T-Platforms in its turn intends to take an active hand in all stages of implementation of the supercomputer technology center. The Russian holding is ready to carry out detailed analysis of the Center tasks, design a computing complex with the optimal configuration, and provide the Center specialists with training based on a special program that was developed in cooperation with a leading Russian computing center.
Microsoft Corporation, EMEA Incubation Sales, is interested in giving assistance to the supercomputer technology center and providing training to the center’s specialists in deployment and effective work with applications based on Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 operating system. The company is also interested in organizing round tables and HPC-related meetings, and providing support in implementation of parallel programming courses.
T-Platforms holding is the leading Russian developer and manufacturer of turn-key solutions for high-performance computing. The holding offers a full range of HPC products and services, including utility computing, large-scale modeling and simulation, and comprehensive management of customer supercomputer sites. T-Platforms is the only Russia-based company to have five in-house developed solutions rated in several editions of the global Top 500 list of the most powerful computers. Since 2002 T-Platforms has successfully implemented over 150 HPC projects, delivering the most powerful supercomputers to date in Russia and the CIS countries in 2004, 2007 and 2008. For more information about the company, visit http://www.t-platforms.ru/.
About the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a non-profit organization established in December 2000. The key objective of the Foundation is to facilitate consolidation of Kazakhstan statehood, patriotism, further democratization of Kazakhstan society, development of international relations of the Republic of Kazakhstan in cultural, economical and political domains. For more information about the organization, visit http://presidentfoundation.kz.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corporation is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal computers and servers. The company offers wide range of software, including desktop and network operating systems, server applications for client-server environments, desktop business applications and office applications for users, interactive programs and games, Internet tools and development tools. Since November 1992, Microsoft Russia subsidiary was established (since July, 2004 referred to as Microsoft Rus LLC)