Posted: May 27, 2010

T-Platforms Group Chosen to Manage $6 Million Nanotechnology and Supercomputing Enablement Program

(Nanowerk News) T-Platforms Group, a leading provider of HPC systems, software, services and solutions, was chosen by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, Rusnano, to lead the program management and execution for a competitive solicitation that will provide collaborative funding and development support for at least 20 nanotechnology-related computational tasks and 20 computational tasks from industrial production organizations. The industrial production tasks will be selected from specific industries targeted by this program to include engineering in areas such as shipbuilding, aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, energy and construction.
As part of this program, worth $6 million over a ten-month period, T-Services, a T-Platforms Group company acting as program manager, will evaluate applicants based on criteria such as potential importance, practicality, possible ROI, and applicability to spawning commercially sound results or products. Organizations will go through a two-stage process, and those selected for this program by the Expert Council under the leadership of Rusnano will receive 75% of the funding of the total computational project costs. T-Platforms, another T-Platforms Group company, will provide T-Services with a dedicated cluster for this project.
The Nanotechnology and Supercomputing Enablement Program has been designed to create a supercomputing service infrastructure based on end-to-end guidance, support and professional services. This is a significant effort on behalf of the Russian government to establish a robust commercial market for supercomputer simulations – an approach that could have a significant impact on improved production and productivity for many industrial / commercial market segments.
“The vision and leadership of Rusnano demonstrates this country’s keen understanding of the vital importance of supercomputing and the impact scientific and engineering discovery will have on the future of this planet,” said Vsevolod Opanasenko, CEO of T-Platforms Group. “We are pleased to have been selected for this very important project and look forward to our collaboration with Rusnano and our other program partners as we strive to eliminate many of the barriers to widespread HPC adoption.”
T-Services will work in close collaboration with the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Science, the Computational Center of Moscow State University (MSU), Vladimir University, and Tomsk University to provide needed supercomputing resources.
Evgeny Evdokimov, Managing Director of Rusnano, said: “This program allocates funding to help organizations developing products or technologies that are deemed important for future productivity. Advancing the use of supercomputing for modeling and simulations has been identified as a vital competitive element to advancing scientific and engineering discovery, and we are pleased to partner with T-Services on this leading edge program.”
"The Rusnano program is seeding the scientific discovery efforts within Russia, but more importantly, it can be seen as a potential forerunner for a new way of funding and managing large-scale HPC projects," said Addison Snell, CEO of InterSect360 Research, a market research and consulting company dedicated to the worldwide HPC industry. "Rusnano recognizes HPC as the enabling technology for scientific and engineering progress, and it matches the responsibility of HPC stewardship with the expertise of T-Platforms. This takes us a step closer to HPC as a service for large-scale deployments, which could have long-term benefits for scientific and commercial productivity."
About T-Platforms
Established in 2002, T-Platforms Group is rapidly emerging as one of the leading global HPC companies, providing comprehensive supercomputing systems, software and services, with customer installations consistently included on the TOP500 worldwide list of the most powerful supercomputers.
T-Platforms Group consists of T-Platforms, T-Services, T-Massive Computing, and T-Design, with locations in Hannover, Moscow, Kiev and Taipei.
About Rusnano
The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) was established in 2007 by the Russian government as a state corporation that co-invests in nanotechnology industry projects that have high commercial potential or social benefit.
Source: T-Platforms Group (press release)
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