According to Alexey Komkov, Chief Products and Technology Officer for T-Platforms, "Information technology has become a key tool for improving the effectiveness of engineering and manufacturing processes at foreign enterprises including the military-industrial complex, aerospace, and many other high-tech industries. By carefully evaluating the experiences of these organisations, Russian enterprises are able to increasingly adopt information technology to improve their business processes."
Leaders of CNII "Burevestnik" specializing in the development of artillery weapons for the Russian Army, Navy, and Airborne troops, made a decision to fund the data centre based along with the "Minin" computing cluster as part of an expanded enterprise IT complex. The system, being created by T-Platforms, will enable the Institute to make optimal use of its scientific and technical potential to reduce development time and cost while improving product quality.
"Our Institute makes technically sophisticated products which will reliably serve our forces for many decades in the harshest conditions", stated Georgy I. Zakamennyh, DPhil, Professor, General Director of CNII "Burevestnik" JSC, and Russian Federation Artillery Armament Chief Designer. "Research and development work to design new types of weapons requires costly full-scale tests", he added. "Over the last decade, CNII "Burevestnik" has created an integrated information framework providing automation of all business processes and information support for the full product life cycle. The use of information systems for enterprise resource planning and product information management has greatly improved the productivity and output."
"The experience of many Western companies clearly demonstrates that the use of high-performance computing in product design and testing enables new levels of analytical design, shorter time to market and improved quality of manufactured products. Therefore, we are creating a data centre based on high performance computing technologies for the Institute. Its deployment will allow us to effectively meet the challenges of multi-parameter optimization of products, while solving problems of hydro-gaz-dinamics, dynamics of mechanisms and systems, strength, and other functional problems of our products. And thanks to the integration of the data center into a single enterprise information environment, we can make optimal use of scientific and technical potential of the Institute, which in turn will boost the gross profit."
A hybrid-architecture computational subsystem has been chosen as the basis of the data centre being created at CNII "Burevestnik". At present, its peak performance is 15 teraflops, and upon completion of the project it will exceed 50 teraflops. The use of compute nodes with integrated graphics accelerators helps to reduce the time required to solve the most demanding tasks related to engineering analysis of the product's functioning processes. The Panasas Active Store 12 Storage System is included in the data centre infrastructure. This storage system is a fourth-generation DSS with a blade architecture that takes full advantage of Panasas PanFS, the last-generation parallel file system, in combination with multi-core processors and integrated 10GbE technology. This system has a maximum performance among all DSS with a parallel architecture which makes it an ideal solution for demanding applications being used by science and manufacturing enterprises. Data centre uninterrupted operation is provided by the infrastructure that includes cooling, automatic fire-suppression and uninterruptible power supply systems.
"Foreign enterprises of various military-industrial complexes, aerospace industries, heavy manufacturing industries, and other economic sectors have constantly shown us the effectiveness of computing clusters in new product development", stated Vsevolod Opanasenko, CEO of T-Platforms. "For example, the developers of the U.S. missile defense system successfully use computing systems for modelling missile interceptor trajectories, and Boeing engineers, thanks to a supercomputer, could increase the Boeing-787 aircraft's commercial load by 45%. In so doing, the company has reduced fuel consumption by 25% relative to the closest competitors in the long- and medium-haul airliners market. The experience of these companies is not ignored by domestic developers who adopt the practice of using supercomputing technology to improve their designs and create fundamentally new types of weapons. When commissioning the first phase of the CNII "Burevestnik" data centre, we have taken an important step towards creating a solid foundation tor the revival of the national defense industry."