Belarus, China to start working on supercomputer project in 2013

17 September 2012

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus and China plan to start implementing the project to create a supercomputer center in Minsk in 2013, Alexander Tuzikov, Director General of the United Informatics Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, told media on 17 September.

The official said that China had approved the project. As part of the project joint efforts will result in supercomputer products in Minsk. It will allow training the relevant manpower in Belarus and handling up-to-date research tasks. “It is difficult to accomplish contemporary tasks relating to the design of new products and the manufacturing of various preparations without such technologies,” remarked Alexander Tuzikov.

He also said that Belarus is working out a project with the Chinese company Inspur. The project provides for setting up a supercomputer system in Minsk. It will become part of a larger project for Belarus-China cooperation in the area of supercomputer technologies. The Chinese company Inspur is a promising player on the market of supercomputer technologies. Inspur has created several supercomputer centers and has even designed a processor of its own.

The State Science and Technology Committee of Belarus and the Chinese company Inspur have reached an agreement on designing a supercomputer cluster in Belarus with the computing power of up to 100Tflops. It will be a joint product. The Belarusian side will be represented by the United Informatics Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and Belarusian State University. The Chinese side will provide the necessary funding.

The project’s cost is estimated at roughly $10 million. At present the Chinese Commerce Ministry is reviewing it. If approved, the project’s financing may begin in 2013-2014.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus