Lenovo to Power SURF Dutch National Supercomputer

AMSTERDAM, Feb. 8, 2021 — Leno­vo Data Cen­ter Group (DCG) announ­ced it will deli­ver high-per­for­mance com­pu­ter (HPC) infra­st­ruc­tu­re for SURF, the ICT coope­ra­ti­ve for edu­ca­ti­on and rese­arch in the Nether­lands. The €20 mil­li­on pro­ject, which begins in ear­ly 2021, will result in the crea­ti­on of the lar­gest and most power­ful super­com­pu­ter in the country.

Sup­por­ting sci­en­tists from over 100 edu­ca­ti­on and rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons throughout the Nether­lands, the super­com­pu­ter will power high­ly com­plex cal­cu­la­ti­ons in life-enhan­cing work across all fiel­ds of sci­ence inclu­ding meteo­ro­lo­gy, astro­phy­sics, medi­cal and social sci­en­ces, and mate­ri­als and earth sci­en­ces, such as cli­ma­te chan­ge research.

Exp­lai­ning the signi­fi­can­ce of this col­la­bo­ra­ti­on, and the bene­fits to be pas­sed on to rese­arch pro­jects, Wal­ter Lio­en, Rese­arch Ser­vices Mana­ger at SURF, said: “The need of rese­ar­chers for com­pu­ting power, data sto­rage and pro­ces­sing is gro­wing expo­nen­ti­al­ly. In the design of the new super­com­pu­ter, the usa­bi­li­ty for sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch was para­mount. SURF has cho­sen Leno­vo becau­se of its qua­li­ty, per­for­mance and future fle­xi­bi­li­ty, as well as its con­si­de­ra­ti­ons for sustainability.”


Powe­ring inno­va­ti­on along­side key partners 

Leno­vo sta­te-of-the-art HPC tech­no­lo­gy will inclu­de Leno­vo Think­Sys­tem ser­vers, powe­red by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors and Think­Sys­tem ser­vers powe­red by future genera­ti­on AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, and all being coo­led by Leno­vo Nep­tu­ne water coo­ling tech­no­lo­gy. 12,4 Pebi­by­te (PiB) of Leno­vo Dis­tri­bu­t­ed Sto­rage Solu­ti­on (DSS‑G) and ser­vers with NVIDIA HGX A100 4‑GPU will also assist with the arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and machi­ne lear­ning abi­li­ties requi­red for SURF’s inno­va­ti­ve rese­arch. NVIDIA Mel­lanox HDR 200Gb/s Infi­ni­Band, with smart in-net­work com­pu­ting acce­le­ra­ti­on engi­nes, pro­vi­de the extre­me­ly low laten­cy, high data through­put net­wor­king. Run­ning at ten-times the capa­ci­ty of the pre­vious sys­tem and achie­ving an over­all peak per­for­mance of almost 13 PFLOPs, Lenovo’s smar­ter infra­st­ruc­tu­re will deli­ver a power­ful, high­ly effi­ci­ent and sus­tainab­le tool for sci­en­tists and rese­ar­chers in the future.

AMD is proud to be working with lea­ding glo­bal insti­tu­ti­ons to pro­vi­de access to advan­ced tech­no­lo­gies and capa­bi­li­ties that are cri­ti­cal for sup­por­ting modern HPC workloads and rese­arch that addres­ses some of the world’s grea­test chal­len­ges,” said Roger Ben­son, seni­or direc­tor, Com­mer­cial EMEA at AMD. “We are thril­led to be col­la­bo­ra­ting with Leno­vo Data Cen­ter Group on such an inno­va­ti­ve HPC pro­ject, brin­ging the per­for­mance of AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors to sci­en­tists and rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons in The Nether­lands, allowing them to excel in their work.”

Ener­gy effi­ci­en­cy through water-coo­ling technology

While opti­mal per­for­mance is a neces­si­ty for the SURF Dut­ch Natio­nal Super­com­pu­ter, it is also vital­ly important to ensu­re the sys­tem is ener­gy effi­ci­ent. Lenovo’s water-coo­ling tech­no­lo­gy will remo­ve appro­xi­mate­ly 90% of the heat from the sys­tem, redu­cing over­all ener­gy con­sump­ti­on, signi­fi­cant­ly incre­a­sing over­all effi­ci­en­cy and ulti­mate­ly allowing the pro­ces­sors to per­form at their peak.

Tina Borgbje­rg, Gene­ral Mana­ger for Bene­lux and Nor­dics, Leno­vo DCG, says, “We’re so plea­sed to con­tri­bu­te to a pro­ject that will not only enrich sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch in the Nether­lands but deli­ver a smar­ter and more ener­gy-effi­ci­ent sys­tem, thanks to our incredi­ble water-coo­ling tech­no­lo­gy. The sheer power that will be deli­ve­r­ed by this natio­nal super­com­pu­ter show­ca­ses our strength in HPC, and the sca­le of this deal fur­ther demons­tra­tes our com­mit­ment to the Bene­lux regi­on and the Netherlands.”

Our A100 Ten­sor Core GPUs fea­tured in SURF are based on NVIDIA Ampere archi­tec­tu­re, an engi­nee­ring mile­stone that boosts per­for­mance for Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI) trai­ning and infe­rence, as well as easi­ly mee­ting the access and power deman­ds of the modern AI and HPC workloads,” said Ian Buck, Gene­ral Mana­ger and Vice Pre­si­dent of Acce­le­ra­ted Com­pu­ting at NVIDIA. “Incor­po­ra­ting the world’s most advan­ced AI tech­no­lo­gy, all con­nec­ted by high-band­width, low-laten­cy NVIDIA Mel­lanox HDR Infi­ni­Band net­wor­king, into the SURF super­com­pu­ter gives rese­ar­chers what they need to quick­ly and effec­tively take on the workloads of the exas­ca­le AI era.”

The moder­niz­a­ti­on of the infra­st­ruc­tu­re will begin in Febru­a­ry 2021 and pha­se 1 of the new super­com­pu­ter is expec­ted to be ope­ra­tio­nal by mid-2021.

About Leno­vo 

Leno­vo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$50 bil­li­on For­tu­ne Glo­bal 500 com­pa­ny, with 63,000 employees and ope­ra­ting in 180 mar­kets around the world.  Focu­sed on a bold visi­on to deli­ver smar­ter tech­no­lo­gy for all, we are deve­lo­ping world-chan­ging tech­no­lo­gies that crea­te a more inclu­si­ve, trust­worthy and sus­tainab­le digi­tal socie­ty. By designing, engi­nee­ring and buil­ding a com­ple­te port­fo­lio of smart devices and infra­st­ruc­tu­re, we are also lea­ding an Intel­li­gent Trans­for­ma­ti­on – to crea­te bet­ter expe­ri­en­ces and oppor­tu­nities for mil­li­ons of cus­to­mers around the world. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com.

About SURF

SURF is the col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve orga­niz­a­ti­on for ICT in Dut­ch edu­ca­ti­on and rese­arch. Wit­hin the SURF coope­ra­ti­ve, uni­ver­si­ties, uni­ver­si­ties of app­lied sci­en­ces, voca­tio­nal schools, rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons and uni­ver­si­ty medi­cal cen­ters work tog­e­ther on ICT faci­li­ties and ICT inno­va­tions. This pro­vi­des stu­dents, lec­tu­rers, rese­ar­chers and staff with the best ICT faci­li­ties for top rese­arch and talent deve­lo­p­ment under favor­able con­di­ti­ons. For more infor­ma­ti­on, visit https://www.surf.nl/en.