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NEC and HLRS agree on Hybrid Supercomputer Development

NEC Corporation, in cooperation with HLRS, the high performance computing center of Stuttgart, is working on a joint project for next generation of supercomputing advancements through hybrid supercomputing.

The goal of the project is to establish testing systems that verify the performance of system applications on a hybrid supercomputer based on NEC SX-9 vector supercomputer and a x86 based Linux HPC Cluster.

NEC will provide system interconnection technology and several software components, such as MPI, scheduler, and a software development environment in order to maximize application performance on the testing system.

The project will be supported by a wide range of resources that include federal and state funding, in addition to financial support from D-Grid, a joint initiative between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research working alongside with German research and industry that are striving to create a resource platform for high-performance computing. Furthermore, PRACE, a partnership for advanced computing in Europe, which is similarly pursuing EU wide high performance computing system integration, will also provide backing for HLRS.

HLRS is planning to focus on several target application areas for the Hybrid Supercomputing environment, some of which include coupled simulations such as aero-acoustic, fluid structure interaction and fluid particle simulations. The environment itself will leverage both vector and scalar architecture for computational simulation, and verify performance against both pure vector and pure scalar systems.