Barcelona Supercomputing Center-National Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and Lenovo are working in partnership to advance research in multiple Spanish and EU priority sectors for high-performance computing. Lenovo will invest 7 million dollars over three years to advance precision medicine through the use of supercomputing; the design and development of open-source European chips (RISC-V type); and the creation of more energy-sustainable supercomputers and data centres.
Mateo Valero, director of the BSC-CNS said: “I am very proud of this important collaboration with Lenovo as we continue our longstanding work together tackling the great challenges of these priority lines of research from the Spanish and European Commission’s agenda. This research collaboration will generate significant returns for the region, not only human and scientific, but also technological and economic.”
Noam Rosen, EMEA Director, HPC & AI at Lenovo said: “We are excited to announce today the agreement to jointly develop novel European supercomputing technologies for the exascale era, which extends from our six year partnership with BSC. Our shared goal is to embrace open architecture to support scientists and researchers with smarter, more efficient and sustainable supercomputing platforms. This agreement, and our investment contribution, are just the latest examples of Lenovo’ ongoing commitment to Europe, joining our new manufacturing facility in Hungary and the AI Innovation Center Germany. Lenovo is passionate about helping researchers at BSC solve humanity’s greatest challenges, and is proud to support BSC’s leadership driving European innovation in HPC.”
The efficient analysis of large-scale genomic data will be key to advancing precision medicine and the generation of new treatments against diseases such as cancer. Thus, one of the collaboration projects between Lenovo and the BSC-CNS is aimed at improving and accelerating precision medicine using supercomputing.
The BSC-CNS team led by the researcher Miquel Moretó will study genomic analysis algorithms to design new accelerators that will be integrated into the HPC platforms of the future and that will serve to improve the efficiency of these highly sophisticated analyses. The algorithms created and optimized by the BSC-CNS team will target GOAST (Genomics Optimisation and Scalability Tool) developed by Lenovo to optimise and improve genomic analysis. In addition, these analysis tools will be extended to other disciplines such as epigenetics, metagenomics, microbiology, virology, and other areas of life and health sciences.
More sustainable and energy-efficient supercomputers
The joint research between BSC-CNS and Lenovo will focus on building more energy-efficient, sustainable and lower-cost supercomputers and data centres.
This new research project will seek more powerful, flexible, and robust systems for energy-saving within infrastructure solutions, such as software for energy optimization and management. They will look to incorporate new technologies developed by INTEL within the algorithms recently developed by Corbalán’s team. The project will also seek to extend and monitor the control of energy expenditure to the entire infrastructure architecture.
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