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Lenovo Announces Enterprise Innovation Center Collaborations


Lenovo today announced at the Supercomputing 2015 Conference (SC15) a brand new state-of-the-art Enterprise Innovation Center (EIC) in Beijing will open in early 2016. Lenovo also announced an expanded relationship with Barcelona Supercomputing Centre and a new partner in EIC projects, the University of Oxford. Additionally, Lenovo is unveiling multiple new initiatives with Intel® under the Intel Scalable System Framework, focused on future high-performance computing (HPC) system design and optimization.  Lenovo will be a founding member of OpenHPC which aims to bring open-source economics to HPC users.

Lenovo Enterprise Innovation Centers

Equipped with nearly one thousand servers, the Beijing EIC joins Lenovo’s Stuttgart, Germany EIC that opened earlier this year, offering a combined global reach for innovative collaboration. Research in areas such as HPC, big data analytics, cloud and the hyperscale data center will focus on industries such as life sciences, manufacturing, energy and engineering.

Lenovo has teamed with industry leaders such as Intel, NVIDIA and Red Hat to establish a collective environment where partners, providers and customers can work together within the EIC to be the incubators of tomorrow’s technology in areas such as:

  • Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, Intel Omni-Path Architecture, and Intel® Solutions for Lustre
  • High Performance GPGPU’s for machine learning and HPC applications
  • Enhanced connectivity – up to 100G for clusters
  • Cloud application optimization
  • Energy efficient systems for hyperscale IP data centers
  • Trusted Security platforms

New Collaborations with the University of Oxford and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)
The University of Oxford becomes Lenovo’s latest Innovation Center collaboration partner. Working together on improving HPC energy efficiency within large data volume environments, we are also embarking on a joint evaluation project developing a stack of open-source software designed to reduce HPC deployment costs and help smaller organizations realize the potential of the technology. In addition, Lenovo and Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) have extended our ongoing collaboration to include working on scheduling, performance tools, energy efficiency and big data. Both of these engagements support our commitment to OpenHPC and our open source initiatives.

Partnering for Future HPC Capabilities
In an effort to increase value across the entire stack and address a wide range of data analysis, machine learning and visualization workloads customers are needing, Lenovo is announcing products based on the Intel Scalable System Framework. Early next year, we will introduce systems using next-generation Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors, Intel OmniPath Architecture and the Intel Enterprise Edition of Lustre software to serve these needs. Customers can already test drive Intel OmniPath Architecture and Intel solutions for Lustre in the Stuttgart EIC and we plan to upgrade the cluster to next-generation Intel Xeon processors as soon as they become available.

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