Lenovo today announced its HPC (high-performance computing) innovation center in Stuttgart, Germany.
Announced at the Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), the new HPC center will establish a benchmarking and R&D site for Lenovo, and will offer the latest technologies and skills to assist clients to optimize their applications.
Lenovo’s HPC innovation center, which will be officially unveiled in January 2015, will be powered by new Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 + Xeon Phi coprocessors and will leverage new Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect fabric.
The Lenovo HPC Innovation Center will have talents of several specialized client partners from across Europe that will operate satellite sites to expand capabilities and advance localized research.
Meanwhile, Lenovo and chip vendor Intel joined hands to create the Intel Xeon E5-2698A v3, a CPU optimized for HPC workloads and available in specially designed servers such as the NeXtScale System with Water Cool Technology (WCT).
Lenovo said the Intel E5-2698A v3 processor features 16 cores running at up to 3.2GHz with turbo mode enabled. NeXtScale with WCT allows clients to create a green data center that improves energy efficiency and performance while helping to lower total cost of ownership.
Processors running in the NeXtScale with WCT can reduce power consumption at a processor level by six percent and at a data-center level by more than 40 percent.
Lenovo said its peta cube demonstration showcases how one petaflop of performance — initially supported by nearly 6,000 square feet with 296 racks weighing upwards of half a million pounds — will soon be available within a condensed 42U tall, four foot- by-four foot space comprised of two standard racks.