In terms of the further evolution, Lenovo is presenting some extra products that the company is deploying as a business partner. Lenovo is mainly doing business via channels with HPC partners. Lenovo's goal at ISC 2016 is to meet customers to explain its new technology, to understand their needs and to celebrate the deals that it has accomplished, specifically for the TOP500.
Primeur Magazine:Which machines does Lenovo have currently in the TOP500?
Gianluca Degliesposti:Currently, Lenovo is featured in the TOP500 with NeXtScale at Cineca, which is equipped with Intel-based processors including Broadwell and Knights Landing. Lenovo also has classic servers and ThinkServer sd350. The feedback from the customers is extremely important to answer their needs to make changes in the deployment of the HPC solutions. Lenovo is eager to take every opportunity to meet customers with different points of view at ISC 2016, from public institutions, from vertical segments, from scientific institutes and to network with other partners and software vendors.
Primeur Magazine:What are the plans for the coming years, in terms of architecture and network?
Gianluca Degliesposti:Lenovo will continue to invest in HPC. One of the items Lenovo is strongly investing in is the watercooling part. Watercooling is getting more and more demanded for big installations but also for smaller ones. Considering the new technology from Intel, such as Knights Landing, this is another element that Lenovo is properly deploying for the future. As for the segments, Oil and Gas is one of the topics today, specifically in the Middle East. Lenovo is committed to the HPC market in deploying products that can suit much better the HPC needs and evolution. Lenovo has to follow up all the innovations in the technology evolution, in terms of interconnection, like Intel Omni-Path. Lenovo has to take care of the relationship with the software vendors and other vendors in the segment in order to make sure that Lenovo is capable to always deliver leading-edge technology to the customer and to be always on top of a new technology. HPC customers are always looking for the best, latest and reliable technology. That is basically what Lenovo is committed to deploy.
Primeur Magazine:There are plans from the European Commission to to do something in high performance computing and supercomputing towards Exascale. We have seen the announcement from China in the new TOP500 at ISC 2016. You are also trying to be in that game. One of the organisations that help to support this is ETP4HPC, which Lenovo is also taking part in. What is the idea of Lenovo about this?
Gianluca Degliesposti:Lenovo is a real big organisation and has a large number of offices in Europe. Lenovo's commitment to the European community is absolutely a top priority. Lenovo has offices in Europe everywhere, in every single country and in most of the big cities. Now, Lenovo has also an R&D investment in Europe. The European market, and specifically the European Commission initiative with ETP4HPC that is going on, is one of the top priorities. The China market of course is the China market but the European market is for Lenovo extremely important. Demonstrating that Lenovo really is an international company, Lenovo is trying to work at understanding better how it could participate in the European programme, like the one you mentioned, with its technology and its know how. Things are running in the Cloud initiative and the HPC initiative. Lenovo is committed to understand and to deploy together with the European members all the new initiatives that are being worth to do.