T-Platforms Group chosen to manage $6 million nanotechnology and supercomputing enablement programme

25 May 2010 Moscow - T-Platforms Group was chosen by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies, Rusnano to lead the programme 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 organisations. The industrial production tasks will be selected from specific industries targeted by this programme to include engineering in areas such as shipbuilding, aerospace, and automotive, oil and gas, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, energy and construction.

As part of this programme, worth $6 million over a ten month period, T-Services, a T-Platforms Group company acting as programme manager, will evaluate applicants based on criteria such as potential importance, practicality, possible ROI, and applicability to spawning commercially sound results or products. Organisations will go through a two-stage process, and those selected for this programme 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.

According to T-Services, the two engagement scenarios that will fit this programme will be applicants who have appropriate computational tasks identified but have no expertise or computational capacity, or those who have expertise in software and only need the computational capacity. T-Services will provide extensive consulting expertise from fully defining the computational problems being addressed, to preparing the task budgets, and finally selecting the tasks to be presented to the Expert Council along with overall programme leadership. Once an organisation is selected and actively participating in this programme, T-Services will provide the actual modelling and simulation services as well as analysis of the computational results as necessary.

The Nanotechnology and Supercomputing Enablement Programme 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", stated 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 programme 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.

The Rusnano programme 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", stated 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."

Rusnano was established by the Russian government in the effort of supporting and developing the high-tech sector and supporting technologies, especially in nanotechnology science. Evgeny Evdokimov, Managing Director of Rusnano, stated: "This programme allocates funding to help organisations developing products or technologies that are deemed important for future productivity. Advancing the use of supercomputing for modelling 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 programme."

Andrey Kuznetsov, Executive Director of T-Services, stated: "Rusnano is the perfect T-Services project to showcase our abilities and deliver solid evidence of the overall impact on competitiveness as a result of shortened research and development periods and faster time to market."
Source: T-Platforms