Russia Building 10-Petaflop Supercomputer.

Computerworld (12/23/11) Patrick Thibodeau

Moscow-based T-Platforms is developing a 10-petaflop supercomputer for M.V. Lomonsov Moscow State University. The system may indicate Russia’s intent to become a major participant in the race to build an exascale-class supercomputer. Russia “is committed to having exascale computation capabilities by 2018-2020 and is prepared to make the investments to make that happen,” says Exascale Report author Mike Bernhardt. The newest system at Lomonsov will be water-cooled, use Intel and NVIDIA chips, and should be operational by the end of 2013. “You can expect to see Russia holding its own in the exascale race with little or no dependence on foreign manufacturers,” Bernhardt says. Russia’s efforts to build an exascale-class system mirror those of other European nations, which also want to be less dependent on U.S.-made components. “At this point, there is unity in believing any company, on a global scale, would be foolish to state that they know the exact technology or components they will use to build an exascale machine,” Bernhardt says. “Systems will be hybrid, heterogeneous, and unique.”

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