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Hardware

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HPC-AI Advisory Council launches world-wide Student Cluster Competition Leadership List ...

Applications

NEC received a 50 million euro order from the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) for a highly innovative European weather forecasting system using NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA ...

Tohoku University boosts analytical capacity for biobank medical research ...

Cray supercomputer to accelerate environmental genomics research at Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering ...

Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology advances weather forecasting with new Cray supercomputer and storage ...

TOP500

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NEC received a 50 million euro order from the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) for a highly innovative European weather forecasting system using NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA

17 Jun 2019 Tokyo - NEC Corporation has received an order with a value of 50 million euro for a supercomputer "NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA" from the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), the German weather forecasting service located in Offenbach, Germany, one of Europe's major meteorological service agencies.

DWD provides meteorological and climatological services to German authorities and to the public and beyond, such as short and long-term recording of weather phenomena, monitoring, analysis and prediction of meteorological and climatological processes, sophisticated forecasts and warnings in case of severe weather events. These services help to ensure the safety of traffic routes for public and private transportation on the road, and on aviation and maritime shipping lanes, as well as vital infrastructures like energy supply and communications systems, and to predict flooding and similar natural catastrophes.

DWD introduces a first configuration of the new system based on NEC's unique vector product NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA with identical performance compared to their current system by the end of this year. The initial phase will be running simultaneously with the current system to ensure a complete and smooth migration of the computational workload to the new system. After this phase the system will be extended to more than three times the performance by the end of 2020. For the final phase in 2022, NEC introduces to DWD the next generation of the SX-Aurora TSUBASA product, with unparalleled sustained application performance per power consumption.

The SX-Aurora TSUBASA supercomputer features NEC's new vector architecture, and uses the most advanced cooling technologies to realize a high-density and high-speed supercomputer with unsurpassed real application performance per power consumption. The new system will also provide the scientists with a user environment completely compatible with contemporary standards. Moreover it features the tightest integration of a vector-architecture with a standard hardware based on x86-systems, enabling new ways of handling different kinds of applications as they appear in such highly complex workflows like DWD's operations.

"The new HPC system will enable the development of seamless prediction of severe weather events, including thunderstorms or heavy rain. The system combines forecasting based on observations with very demanding numerical weather prediction models in order for a more precise prediction of the development and the tracks of such small-scale weather events up to twelve hours into the future. This will enable better and earlier warnings for local populations", stated Mr. Detlev Majewski, Head of the Department of Meteorological Analysis and Numerical Modelling at the Deutscher Wetterdienst.

The Deutscher Wetterdienst is one of the most respected NEC customers for over 12 years. "We are honoured and proud to have been selected by DWD to deliver the new supercomputer system and facilitate the challenging operations and aims for the future. NEC is fully committed to supporting DWD to the best of our abilities and to make this a very successful project for our customer", stated Mr. Tomoyasu Nishimura, Executive Vice President of NEC Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.

"The NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA has achieved the highest performance in DWD's application portfolio in the public procurement compared to other suppliers. Moreover, it demonstrates the absolute highest available power efficiency on the relevant applications compared to large-scale standard systems", stated Mr. Yuichi Kojima, President of NEC Deutschland in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Dr. Rudolf Fischer, Director of Core Technologies at NEC Deutschland, stated: "The new hybrid concept of both architectures, vector and scalar, is a paradigm change in the world of High Performance Computing. Programs run on the platform which is best suited. That way, the system combines the advantages of both technologies to a highly efficient solution."

NEC began shipping the SX-Aurora TSUBASA supercomputer in February 2018 and has delivered over 200 systems so far to customers world-wide. The contract with DWD will last for almost 5 years until 2024.
Source: NEC

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Primeur live 2019-06-19

Focus on Europe

NEC to deploy direct-liquid cooled, AMD EPYC processor powered supercomputer for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) ...

Middleware

MathWorks enhances academic research with new unlimited scaling and collaboration opportunities in MATLAB ...

Mellanox liquid cooled HDR 200G multi-host InfiniBand adapters accelerate Lenovo's most advanced liquid cooled server platform ...

Xilinx hits milestone with first customer shipments of Versal ACAP ...

Altair signs reseller agreement with NEC for PBS Professional ...

Altair brings powerful design and engineering software to broader community with the release of Altair HyperWorks 2019 ...

Hardware

Penguin Computing offers early availability programme for Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series processor-based server for AI and HPC ...

Asperitas and partners present sustainable HPC data centre services at ISC 2019 ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council launches world-wide Student Cluster Competition Leadership List ...

Applications

NEC received a 50 million euro order from the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) for a highly innovative European weather forecasting system using NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA ...

Tohoku University boosts analytical capacity for biobank medical research ...

Cray supercomputer to accelerate environmental genomics research at Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering ...

Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology advances weather forecasting with new Cray supercomputer and storage ...

TOP500

IBM-powered supercomputers lead semi-annual rankings ...

Frontera named 5th fastest supercomputer in the world ...

The Cloud

NetApp revolutionizes data fabric to dominate hybrid Multicloud ...

IBM POWER9 on IBM Cloud to help accelerate adoption of hybrid Cloud ...

Company news

Bright Cluster Manager now a qualified software stack for Intel Select Solutions for Simulation & Modelling ...

DDN unveils EXA5 for HPC, Big Data and AI acceleration & Multicloud data management at ISC19 ...

IBM develops world's most powerful commercial supercomputer for Total ...