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Sugon Moves HPC as a Service to Europe with Arctur-2 Supercomputer

arcturAs announced at SC16, Chinese HPC vendor Sugon has built a new datacenter in Slovenia based around the Arctur-2 system, Sugon’s first installation in continental Europe and a major milestone in the company’s globalization strategy.

Arctur-2 is Sugon’s flagship hyperconverged HPC & Cloud computing infrastructure. According to Sugon, the system was designed and built to fit various and diverse usage scenarios, from general use Cloud Computing to HPC computing as well as Big Data analytics. By converging different types of servers into single entity we achieved high performance, energy efficiency and seamless management, Sugon is able to provide an HPC on demand to its customers.

Arctur-2 Specifications:

  • 1008 CPU cores from Intel Xeon E5 v4 CPUs
  • 1 TB of memory per node with high memory-density nodes
  • 8 TB and 224 CPU cores SMP system
  • Servers with multiple locally attached hard drives for Software Defined Storage and Big Data analytics
  • GPU nodes with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs
  • 25/100 Gigabit Ethernet network from Mellanox
  • 1.5 PB of distributed storage, based on Ceph tehnology
  • Multiple-tier block storage with all-flash arrays for cloud computing workloads

According to Wang Lei, Sugon and Slovenia’s Arctur have launched an “HPCaaS” business model (High-Performance Computing as a Service). Under the HPCaaS model, users can obtain the professional technical and service support from Sugon and Arctur in problem definition stage of using high-performance computing equipment, process of solution development, visualization of results and other links. Moreover, users can also participate in product development and R&D of applicable equipment products through cooperation.

“Sugon’s high-performance computing products and technology can seamlessly link the entire high-performance computing value chain from high-performance computing experts to independent software developer and from high-performance computing solutions providers and end users”. Wang Lei said that “we would devote ourselves to bringing the innovative high-performance computing technology and services to the center in Europe in the European strategic plan.”

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