Lenovo Delivers the Worlds Largest Next-Generation Intel Based Supercomputer at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Game-changing research enabled to solve the world’s most challenging

NEW YORK & FRANKFURT, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, at International Supercomputing Conference (ISC2017),
Lenovo (SEHK:0992) (Pink Sheets:LNVGY) announced that it has completed
the delivery and implementation of the world’s largest, next-generation
Intel-based Supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).
The 11.1 petaFLOP1 Supercomputer called MareNostrum 4, will
be housed in the world’s “most beautiful data center” at the Chapel
Torre Girona at the Polytechnic
University of Catalonia
and will be used to power diverse science from human genome research,
bioinformatics and biomechanics to weather forecasting and atmospheric
composition. This new system, which will continue to grow over time, is
listed at #13 on the latest TOP500 (top500.org) list that was released

“The fast delivery, installation and optimization of the MareNostrum 4
system at BSC, showcases Lenovo’s end-to-end, high-performance computing
strength,” said Kirk Skaugen, President of Lenovo Data Center Group.
“Building on our 25 years of history in x86 server computing and our
number one position in x86 server customer satisfaction and reliability,
our goal at Lenovo is to be the largest supercomputing company on earth
helping solve humanities biggest challenges through the rapid
advancement of technology and innovation.”

The system is powered by more than 3,400 nodes of Lenovo’s
next-generation servers, featuring Intel® Xeon® scalable processors,
interconnected with more than 60 kilometers of high-speed, Intel
Omni-Path Technology 100 Gb/s network cabling. It is the third
leading-edge HPC system that Lenovo has installed at the Partnership for
Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), making Lenovo the largest provider
of leading-edge HPC systems to this high impact scientific community,
and solidified Lenovo’s position as the fastest growing supercomputer
company in Europe.

“From the lab to the factory, to the on-site implementation teams, the
delivery of a system of this size and complexity demands a superior
level of integration and skill,” said Madhu Matta, VP & GM of High
Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence at Lenovo. “It
requires a focus on a holistic customer experience that very few
companies are capable of delivering.”

Proven Global HPC Leader

Since its debut on the Top500 list in 2014 Lenovo has become the fastest
growing TOP500 vendor in the world2. Lenovo is #2 in global
TOP500 positions with 92 entries. Lenovo is #1 in supercomputing in
China, the largest and fastest growing region for supercomputing in the
world, claiming 50% more entries than the nearest competitor.

In a continuing commitment to give clients access to new technology,
Lenovo is also upgrading its Global HPC Innovation Center based in
Stuttgart, Germany with 6,000 cores of the next-generation Intel Xeon
scalable processors and the newest NVIDIA GPUs interconnected with a
choice of industry-leading, high performance fabrics from Mellanox and
Intel. The HPC Innovation Center was opened in May 2015 to collaborate
with clients and give them access to the newest technologies and to
experience the same systems that are powering the BSC MareNostrum 4
Supercomputer, right now before they are shipping in volume. Full system
upgrade to be completed in August 2017.

An example of the industry collaboration driven by the Global HPC
Innovation Center is at the University of Birmingham who has built a
centerpiece research facility called Birmingham Environment for Academic
Research (BEAR). BEAR is a collection of IT resources provided without
cost to the University community and qualified external scientists,
enabling the acceleration of their research across a variety of
disciplines such as life sciences including genome sequencing, medical
and linguistic research.

“Genome sequencing can generate rapid insights into the scale and
patterns-of-spread of important epidemics. When Zika struck the
Americas, we were able to respond rapidly by deploying portable
sequencing to affected areas, generating sequence data in days,” said
Professor Nick Loman, Professor of Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics
at the University of Birmingham. “Comparative genome sequence analysis
requires significant computation and storage requirements. The new
system provides rapid, on-demand computation to speed up the analysis.
We can instantly access hundreds of CPUs, thousands of gigabytes of RAM
and tens of terabytes of storage. This means we can keep pace with the
rapid data generation, and quickly release important new findings to the
scientific and public health community in order to assist epidemic
response efforts.”


Access to the Lenovo HPC Innovation Center is open to all clients –
contact your Lenovo sales representation or partner to learn more.

Additional Resources

More information about Lenovo’s ongoing work with Barcelona
Supercomputing Center (BSC) is here
and Hyperion case study here.

More information on PRACE is available at http://www.prace-ri.eu/prace-in-a-few-words/

More information the University of Birmingham’s BEAR SuperComputer is
available here.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (SEHK:0992) (Pink Sheets:LNVGY) is a US$43 billion global Fortune
500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial,
and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure
products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and
multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a
family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola
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1 Based on Relative Peak Performance (Rpeak)
Based on TOP500 listings in June 2014 to June 2017


Erin Bergamo Tacy, 1-919-908-5090