Bibliotheca Alexandrina Egypt Selects Huawei HPC Solution to Build Massive Computing Platform

SHENZHEN, China, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, one of the oldest libraries in the world, today announced that it has selected Huawei’s high-performance computing (HPC) solution to build a massive computing platform. Huawei HPC solution uses extraordinary high-density FusionServer servers, and employs high-speed InfiniBand (IB) for computing networks. The HPC clusters can achieve a theoretical peak speed of 118 Tera floating point operations per second (TFLOPS) while the entire solution will provide 288 TB in storage capacity for concurrent file systems. These features enable Huawei HPC solution to support the applications requiring massive computing.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the oldest libraries in the world holding a rich collection of everything from ancient manuscripts to modern literary art — a true knowledge center in the dissemination of the human intellect. The site is also a place of dialogue, learning, and understanding between cultures and peoples. The building is heralded as a window to Egypt for the world and a window to the world for Egypt.

For the purpose of educational research and development in multiple scientific fields, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina will join hands to build a new HPC cluster with Huawei and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Egypt. The HPC cluster is meant to be deployed for specialized applications that require immense mathematical calculations, such as bioinformatics, data mining, physics simulation, weather forecast, drilling for oil and groundwater, and cloud computing. With a peak performance reaching 118 TFLOPS, a new level of creativity will be inspired and new horizons are arising in the research domain.

The power saving of the high-density X6800 servers, low latency and high bandwidth of the IB computing network, and the other superior attributes of the devices comprising the Huawei HPC solution won the customer over. The management, computing, storage and other key systems and components all feature a fully redundant design to help eliminate stoppages from single points of failure. The number of IB and Ethernet switch ports can power cluster nodes up to three times that in the initial configuration, enabling expansion of storage capacity to 4.5 PB. Huawei HPC solution required one-third fewer cabinets than that of competitors and optimizations to CPU selections delivered 7% better overall system efficiency compared to the next-leading offering. These and other excellent advantages are why Huawei ultimately was selected by Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Huawei is fully capable of delivering optimized HPC clusters complete with the necessary infrastructure, hardware, system environments, management utilities, service platforms, and other hardware-software integrations to satisfy the specific requirements of the education and research field. With superior in-house product technology and industry-tailored solutions, Huawei has customized HPC platforms for the University of Warsaw, Newcastle University, Istanbul Technical University, and numerous other education and research institutions. Huawei has also set up joint innovation centers with strategic partners such as Poznan Supercomputer Center, to solidify technical cooperation.

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