Information technology (IT) company BAIP and its partners UAB “Bull Baltija“ and UAB “B.G.M.“ designed and installed high performance computing systems at Vilnius University (VU). The systems will enable scientists to perform new quality multidimensional computing processes. Two high performance computing clusters with 3200 computing cores and over 800 TB of disc space are the largest such type of complexes in Lithuania.
High performance computing hardware, software and storage systems were installed at Faculties of Mathematics and Informatics (VU MIF) and Physics of VU while implementing the following projects funded by the EU – “Creation of Open Access Centre of Information Technologies“ and “Creation of National Centre for Physical and Technological Sciences“. The value of both projects aimed at expanding business opportunities of “Saulėtekio“, “Santaros“ and “Santakos“ valleys is over 12 million Litas.
“It is the first time that such a scale of supercomputer infrastructure is deployed in Lithuania. It will significantly increase scientific potential and technological capacities of Lithuania, create new opportunities of high performance computing in different fields of science and economy, accelerate the transfer of technological knowledge from the academic level into business, it will allow performing researches more effectively and collaborating with business partners abroad more effectively“ – stated Kazimieras Tonkūnas, CEO of BAIP, partner of the projects.
According to Kazimieras Tonkūnas, the design and installation of this type of systems is a huge challenge to the company itself. “The projects were complicated due to the fact that in order to meet the needs of the client we had to integrate newly presented hardware of different vendors and at the same type to keep the continuity of the current system. We are delighted to have successfully implemented the task within 12 weeks which establishes us as a high competence company in the sphere of critical system design“ – told CEO of BAIP.
There is supercomputer deployed in Digital Science and Computing Centre of VU MIF. It contains over 1700 computing cores and 600 of disc space, it is connected to unified LitGrid network providing scientists with computing resources they need to tackle scientific challenges. The equipment will become a basis for future Open Access Centre of Information Technologies. Business and science representatives who need high computing resources in the fields of biochemistry, biomedicine, optical spectroscopy and other will have an access to the before mentioned centre.
In the near future, with the help of DiSCC partners UAB BAIP at least three different technological platforms for cloud computing will be installed and presented for business and state institutions.
The second project was intended for the design and deployment of computing cluster complex comprising of over 1500 computing cores and 200 TB of disc space. The project was performed by BAIP specialists at Faculty of Physics of VU. The clusters are connected and managed through high performance parallel file system LustreTM. It is emphasised that such a scale symmetrical multiprocessor computing system is the only one in Lithuania; it is highly scalable and high-performing. These computing processes will be employed in the fields of laser and light, semiconductor optoelectronics, new materials (nano and electronic) technologies and other.