Mellanox, Lenovo team up to boost research at University of Toronto

Mellanox tech LogoMellanox Technologies, a provider of interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced it has been selected by University of Toronto to accelerate its new leading supercomputer in Canada.

The new system uses the Dragonfly+ network topology, built on Lenovo’s ThinkSystem SD530 high-performance computing server designed to deliver an Exascale-ready infrastructure optimized for cost performance and unlimited scalability.

Upon completion, the jointly-innovated supercomputer will be the premier system at SciNet, Canada’s largest supercomputer center, providing Canadian researchers with the computational resources and expertise necessary to perform their research at scales not previously possible, the company said.

“We support research on all fields, from climate science to humanities, astrophysics, life sciences, social sciences, engineering, physics and chemistry,” said Dr. Daniel Gruner, CTO at SciNet, in the University of Toronto. “We do traditional simulations, data processing, analytics, and increasingly machine learning as well.  The ability to scale out to the full size of the cluster is crucial for our community.”

Mellanox’s industry-first Dragonfly+ network topology, which dynamically manages network traffic and bandwidth, coupled with Lenovo’s powerful ThinkSystem hardware, provides SciNet with not only the HPC performance they require, but up to 600 kilowatts (kW) of energy savings on associated cooling needs, the company said in a statement.

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