"This is the first specialized computer system in Russia’s science and education sector, designed for solving problems related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. It was installed at the FEB RAS Data Center, a collective use facility. The new supercomputer is based on the latest hybrid architecture, with peak performance of 55 trillion calculations per second," the statement says.
The new supercomputer is expected to be employed for developing computer vision algorithms and image processing, as well as for performing users’ calculations, implementing both original algorithms and pre-designed application software that's been adapted to the new architecture.
"For us, this new hardware represents not just an overhaul of our computer infrastructure but also new venues of research for the institute. With this in mind, we signed cooperation agreements with two global IT industry leaders, IBM and Nvidia, who help us master sophisticated new technology and systems," said Sergei Smagin, chief of the data center.
He also added that they now seek to establish a joint competence center with IBM, aimed at developing computing and analytical platforms based on the open technological standards created by the OpenPOWER Consortium.