Currently, two computing systems from T-Platforms are functioning at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. The MSU Cebysev Supercomputer was built in 2008. At that time it held the 36th position on the TOP500 global list of the most powerful computing clusters and was seventh among all supercomputers used in the world's education system. Following the commissioning of this system, the need for additional capacity and capability soon became evident when this cluster's resources became fully allocated.
With steadily increasing scientific issues and challenges to be addressed, an objective need for scaling in computing power appeared. University leadership decided on the acquisition of a new, more powerful supercomputer complex which would provide high-end resources for more scientific teams and allow for conducting more research. This cluster, the Lomonosov Supercomputer, was designed and built by T-Platforms. Today, the performance of the Lomonosov system has set a record for Russia and CIS at 1.3 PFlops, allowing it to hold the leadership position among the Top50 - a list of the most powerful supercomputers in Russia and CIS, as well as being ranked 13th on the TOP500 rating.
The MSU computing systems support fundamental scientific and application research in aerospace, nuclear, biomedical, oil and gas, and many other industries. However, due to the computational demands and increased need to scale these applications, the existing computing power is no longer adequate to meet reasonable turn-around time. With this consideration, MSU decided to seek the development of a new computing cluster capable of 10 PFlops.
"We have enjoyed close cooperation with M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University for many years, and it is appropriate to describe MSU as a strategic partner for our company", stated Vsevolod Opanasenko, CEO of T-Platforms. "We consider this selection a competitive victory, and we are honoured to design a new generation computer system with record-breaking performance for our country. This is a strong confirmation of the highest expertise of our engineers and developers by the largest Russian Scientific Centre. Creating this system will mark a new stage in development of a domestic supercomputing industry and provide fundamental new possibilities for Russian science."
The following quote is from the Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, November 12, 2009: "Russia needs to make full use of the potential of supercomputers and supercomputer systems linked by high-speed data exchange channels. With their help, within five years we could start designing new planes and spacecrafts, cars and nuclear reactors. Sophisticated technology that has not gone through supercomputer simulation and not been digitalized, so to speak, will find itself without demand on the market within a few years."