Russian supercomputers catch up with IBM

May 12, 2007, Thu 10:59 AM  Business  Integration

The Russian high-performance computing market doubled in 2006. Market players say growth rates will be similar in the coming few years. The only distinguished Russian player on the market is the T-Platforms company. It intends to take the leading position on it, 40%-45%. The company managed to occupy 1/3 of the new Top50 CIS supercomputers rating and thus grade up to IBM.

Market participants believe the rapid growth of the Russian high-performance market in 2006 (100%) is in the first place due to the activity of higher education facilities. 8 out of 13 most vigorous supercomputers are installed in Russian and Ukrainian Universities. The share of computers used in education and science grew by 8%, in research by 4%. Meanwhile their industrial use reduced from 28% to 20%.

Such state of events demonstrate that the HP market is in the stage of preparing specialists, T-Platforms told CNews. This is typical of many countries. Broad use of supercomputers for commercial interests in the US also started with their use within education facilities. Student actively mastering parallel computing technologies will be able to use their knowledge in the commercial sphere. So far industrial facilities in Russia are unable to broadly use supercomputers due to the absence of specialists.

However, the rapid development of the countrys industry doesnt guarantee the rapid development of the sector, which it demonstrated this year. We estimated the Russian HPC market at tens of millions of dollars, while in EMEA it is $2,5bln, T-Platforms Director General Vsevolod Opanasenko told CNews. The supercomputer sector has a good growth potential, which is determined by the economy level. Our companys growth rate outstrips that of the market. We managed to boost our share by 7% last year. We now control 1/3 of the market. According to our estimates we will control 40%-45% of the market in a couple of years if we continue outstripping the market growth.

The company managed to occupy 1/3 of the new Top50 CIS supercomputers rating and thus grade up to IBM.
The company managed to occupy 1/3 of the new Top50 CIS supercomputers rating and thus grade up to IBM.

Currently the company is first on the list of the sixth edition of the Top50 rating with its 9 TFlops SKIF Cyberia system installed in the Tomsk State University in mid February 2007.

JSCs supercomputer based on the IBM PowerPC platform with 6,7TFlops capacity is second. The following three systems also occurred for the first time in the rating. The HP corporation presented the new JSC supercomputer with the capacity of 4,8 TFlops and also the most powerful computer in the financial area of the Russian SberBank with the capacity of 3TFlops. The fifth was the supercomputer with the highest capacity of 2,2 TFlops of the Cybernetics Institute of Ukraine presented by the Ukrainian Entry developer. Another system from Ukraine was 7th, this was the computer of the Kiev Polytechnic University with 1,5 TFlops capacity presented by the Ustar company.

The last two in the top ten are supercomputers by T-Platforms: the systems of the ST Petersburg State Polytechnic University and the Tomsk Polytechnic University with 1 TFlops and 91 TFlops capacity respectively.

As a whole IBM supercomputers account for 1/3 of the Top50 list, as well as T-Platforms. The HP Corporation boosted the share of its systems from 20% to 22%. This is the first time that the systems total capacity on Linpack tests doubled in the recent half a year and reached 45,8 TFlops. The number of computers (over 1 TFlops) in the CIS grew three-fold in the recent six months. In the Chinese Top100 rating, for example, there 9-fold as much supercomputers of teraflop diapason: 81 against 9 in the CIS, half of them industrially used.

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