27 Sep 2011 Moscow - On September 27, in the framework of "Siberian Open University", the general forum of the Educational and Scientific Institutions Association at the Tomsk State University (TSU), the unique supercomputer complex has been presented, demanded in various economy sectors of the Tomsk Region and Siberia. The event was attended by CEO of T-Platforms Vsevolod Opanasenko, representatives of the Tomsk Region Administration and large companies, and members of "Siberian Open University" Association.
SKIF Cyberia supercomputer with peak performance of 12 teraflops was built for the TSU by Russian company T-Platforms in 2006. In 2010-2011 it was considerably upgraded in accordance with the Tomsk State National Research University Development Programme. Today, TSU's computing cluster is the most powerful supercomputer in Russia behind the Urals. SKIF Cyberia is based on 1280 high-performance processors and has a peak performance of 62 teraflops. Along with the computing system, it includes the data storage system of 100TB and the software to solve scientific, technical and economic problems.
The supercomputer of TSU is included in the latest edition of TOP500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. It takes the 10th line in the TOP50 ranking of the most powerful computing systems in the CIS and is the third largest supercomputer of CIS universities.
"With the unique technology solution for cooling of both computer cluster subsystems, we were able to significantly reduce the cost of supercomputer upgrade without compromising its reliability and performance", commented Vsevolod Opanasenko, CEO of T-Platforms. "Now, it has enough resources to conduct the most demanding research in various fields of science", he added.
TSU Data Center is a unique hardware and software complex, which consists of more than 250 high-end servers, the data storage of 70TB, and the software to access the network. The Data Center includes the Situation Analytical Center for monitoring of natural and man-made processes, as well as prediction and assessment of natural disasters and emergencies.
As a result of resource integration of TSU's supercomputer, data centre and teleport, the unique supercomputer information system was created - the state-of-the-art scientific and educational centre for the collective use, which will be in demand in various economy sectors of the Tomsk Region and Siberia. Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin repeatedly stressed the exceptional role of such systems in the economic and social development of the country. Creating such cluster in Tomsk is a significant contribution to the development of priority areas of science and technology, and high-tech sectors of Russian economy.
Integrated environmental monitoring of atmosphere and hydrosphere, river floods and spread of fires and epidemics, management of forest and mineral resources, search of new competitive methods of oil and gas exploration, remediation of contaminated soils, design of rocket and space technology and safe mine equipment, creation of new types of rocket fuel and super hard coatings with nanotechnology - it is only a fraction of intricate tasks solving by TSU scientists with their computer cluster in close co-operation with local enterprises.
Note that in 2008, TSU, along with MSU, SUSU and SUNN, became the founder of the Russian Universities Supercomputer Consortium.