Lenovo has signed an agreement with the University of Paderborn in Germany to construct a new High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

The installation is scheduled to take place in the second half of 2024, with the integration of the new system set to be carried out by Datensysteme.

University of Paderborn
University of Paderborn – University of Paderborn

The system is expected to have a run time of at least five years and from 2025 a significant portion of the computing system will be made available to researchers across the country as part of an agreement with the National High-Performance Computing (NHR) Alliance.

The new HPC system will have approximately double the computing power of the Noctua 2 supercomputer, which is currently housed at the Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC2).

The new machine’s GPU nodes will include a Lenovo ThinkSystem SD665-N V3 server, in addition to AMD CPUs and four Nvidia H100 GPUs, giving it a total of more than 136,000 cores. The storage system will be based on the IBM ESS 3500 and will provide flexible use of NVMe and HDD storage

In order to make the machine as energy efficient as possible, the use of warm water-cooled power supplies and fully insulated racks will allow over 97 percent of the generated heat to be directly transferred to the warm water circulation, instead of to the data center.

According to a report published by the Top500 list in November 2023, Lenovo is the number one provider of supercomputers in the world, with one third of systems globally running on Lenovo HPC.