Lenovo Unveils New Open Innovation HPC Solutions at SuperComputing 2016

  • Completes second phase at CINECA – a world class energy efficient compute resource
  • Commitment to openness delivers a ready to use, simple OpenHPC software stack
  • TOP500 ranks Lenovo #1 vendor in China and #2 globally

SALT LAKE CITY – Nov. 14, 2016 – Celebrating its success in high-performance computing (HPC), Lenovo (HKSE: 992) today announced the completion of its second phase deployment at CINECA — a world class HPC research resource with the capabilities to become a leading artificial intelligence compute resource. The company also strengthened its position in the high performance computing space maintaining its #1 HPC vendor ranking in China while becoming the #2 vendor in the world in terms of total systems included on the TOP500 list.

Committed to HPC innovation, Lenovo also today unveils a new generation of solutions that extend HPC benefits to a wider spectrum of users than ever before. The new offerings include: Antilles— an OpenSource Graphical User Interface (GUI), that simplifies system management, and the new Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution (DSS)—a new family of Scalable Storage Infrastructure solutions for file and object storage.

The Next Phase at CINECA: Game Changing Technology Now Online for Researchers

Phase one at CINECA, an academic consortium, was completed in May 2016 – coming in at 1.7 PFLOPs, which at the time it was the largest Intel® Omni-Path Fabric system in the world. Lenovo and CINECA are pleased to announce the delivery and installation of phase two, a 3,600 node Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor (formerly code-named “Knights Landing”) which is interconnected with 100Gb Intel Omni-Path fabric – delivering 6.2PFLOPs of performance.

Dubbed Marconi by CINECA, the installation is expected to be one of the largest SuperComputers in Europe and will be online for researchers to transform data into new insight across such disciplines as physics, chemistry, astronomy, medicine, and urban planning. Leveraging the Lenovo maintained OpenSource Extreme Cluster/Cloud Administration Toolkit (xCat) for system management, CINECA’s Marconi system houses the core tools which will enable it to become one of the premier machine learning and artificial intelligence systems in the world.

Commitment to OpenHPC:  Expanding the Benefits of Open Source to More Users 

One year after joining OpenHPC as a founding member, Lenovo’s submission of an xCAT/Confluent based OpenHPC recipe for system management and provisioning was accepted by the consortium. Lenovo is also announcing its latest Open Source contribution with the initial delivery of an easy to use GUI named Antilles. The graphical web portal sits atop of a powerful Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) software suite bundling best-of-breed OpenSource software enhanced with Lenovo configurations, plug-ins and scripts to enable a ready to use software stack.

Antilles was designed to run and manage HPC, big data and workflows on a virtualized infrastructure optimally and transparently, adjusting dynamically to the user and datacenter. It has been architected to help more users adopt OpenHPC by lowering the required expertise needed to deploy and benefit from these powerful tools. Once a domain of only the largest HPC users, the benefits of open source are being unlocked for users of all sizes.

Expanding the Lenovo Storage Portfolio:  Foundation for Dense Scalable File Storage

Furthermore, Lenovo announced a new high-density disk array system for its growing storage portfolio – the Lenovo D3284 JBOD. The new 5U 84 disk enclosure, provides high performance  12Gb capability with hot swap SSD and HDDs. The resilient ultra-dense D3284 delivers massive scalability for a range of data storage needs including Software Defined file storage, video surveillance, and backup and archive. Leveraging the new JBOD as well as the existing Lenovo Server and SAN portfolio, Lenovo introduces Distributed Storage Solution (DSS) a new family of Scalable Infrastructure solutions for scale out file storage targeting high performance and data intensive environments.

The first release will be Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum Scale (DSS-G), a software defined storage implementation leveraging IBM Spectrum Scale™ RAID. DSS-G will support up to 670 HDDs in a single distributed RAID array enabling users to start with installation from as small as 22 disks and scale out to over 6 Petabytes by simply adding additional JBODs and disks.

The new architecture speeds recovery times by 25X over the current solution and is based on a 20-year proven software stack that will deliver up to 40 GBytes per second of performance. DSS-G combines high storage density and I/O performance with superior availability, reliability and resiliency for scale out file, parallel file sharing workloads, video streaming, and private or hybrid cloud, storage. DSS-G availability is expected in 1H 2017.

While the new JBOD and DSS expand the portfolio for extreme density and performance Lenovo is also proud to announce that is has become the newest reseller of Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre* software, providing clients choices in file systems and topologies. Lustre is now available on the current family of Lenovo S Series mid-range SAN offerings.

Showcasing Global Breadth and Flexibility to Deliver HPC in all Fields and Sizes

As a result of Lenovo’s commitment to its client success we are pleased to share that we have once again taken a greater share on the TOP500 list. After just its fifth time on the TOP500 list, Lenovo systems now power nearly 100 of the largest SuperComputers on the planet— ranked the #1 vendor in China and #2 on the TOP500 list in terms of quantity. The TOP500 list includes clients across all geographies and workloads in both research and business – Lenovo is uniquely positioned to support the unique needs of the world’s largest HPC clients as well as the capabilities and focus needed to make HPC accessible for smaller departmental HPC users.

Those attending SC16 can learn more about Lenovo HPC along with these products and solutions by visiting the Lenovo booth at 2643. The booth will be open throughout the show.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $45 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 Moto brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

Quote from Scott Tease, Executive Director, HPC Lenovo Data Center Group
”Growing workload diversity, further optimization of existing workloads as well as the dawn of new workloads, like Machine Learning, is resulting in a resurgence of highly specialized technologies. Lenovo’s customer centric strategy of co-designing solutions in partnership with our clients is driving strong global momentum across many disciplines and with clients of all sizes. Gaining a deep understanding of their goals, constraints, time lines and budgets is the only way to design a truly optimized solution for each customer’s individual needs.”

Quote from Sanzio Bassini, HPC Direcor, CINECA
“We started off the Marconi project with a very definite idea of what our ‘ideal’ solution would be – and Lenovo met all our requirements. We are especially pleased with the energy-efficiency and the cost-effectiveness of the Lenovo solution, which were key differentiators. These, in fact, will enable CINECA’s Marconi system to expand their support to innovation in an environmentally conscious and economically affordable way, while meeting the ever-growing requirements of public and private researchers alike”

Quote from Bina Hallman, VP, Offering Management Executive, IBM Software Defined Storage
“IBM Spectrum Scale is an important part of IBM’s Spectrum Suite of software defined storage solutions, which provide our partners with a sense of confidence, as well as the reliability and level of security they require. As an ecosystem that provides client choice, including cloud and innovative commodity solutions, IBM Spectrum Scale provides Lenovo a robust solution that helps brings new platforms to market quickly.”

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