The Most Powerful Computers in the World Are Based on Lenovo Technology


At the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Lenovo was named the largest supercomputer provider in the “TOP500” global ranking. Almost a quarter of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world are installations by Lenovo; this means that about one in four systems (23.4%) is a solution based on Lenovo.

The Chinese multinational is carrying out research in over 160 countries worldwide and very diverse fields, such as cancer and brain research, astrophysics, artificial intelligence, the automotive sector and many others. The Chinese supplier beats HPE, which is now in second place in the rankings with 79 installations, followed by Inspur, Sugon, and Cray.

Last year, Lenovo set a goal to become the world’s largest supplier of TOP500 computer systems by 2020 and the company reached that goal two years earlier than the original plan.

Lenovo’s customer base is as diverse as it is broad, with 17 of the top 25 research universities and institutions worldwide leveraging their research with Lenovo’s comprehensive HPC and AI solutions.

Lenovo, with two head offices in Morrisville, NC, USA and Beijing, China, enables research in more than 160 countries around the world.


Top 500 – China taking a lead

Despite their return to the top of the world, the US currently only brought it to 124 systems in the list, a new low. Six months earlier, the nation was still represented with 145 systems.

China maintained its presence at approximately 206 systems (202 in November 2017). In terms of the overall performance of the systems. However, the systems from the USA account for 38.2 percent, outstripping those from China (29.1 percent).

The latest listing shows the Chinese companies have taken the lead further. Three Chinese manufacturers are ranked among the top five supercomputer makers of the 500 fastest supercomputers. Chinese maker Inspur took the third spot, and Sugon took the fifth spot.

According to research from Hyperion Research, the Supercomputer market is expected to reach US$9.5 billion in 2022.

Lenovo most interesting supercomputers

CINECA is the largest computer center in Italy; the Marconi supercomputer is one of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world. The research projects carried out there range from precision medicine to self-driving cars.

Marconi, the first supercomputer cited by Lenovo is the 18th for computing power in the world. After a series of upgrades, it is credited with 8.4 PetaFLOPS of power.

SciNet, Headquarters of Niagara, Canada’s most powerful supercomputer is one of its kind to make use of the dragonfly topology. Researchers have access to 3 PetaFLOPS processing power from Lenovo to help them understand the effect of climate change on ocean circulation.

The Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) Supercomputing center in Munich, Germany, uses Lenovo’s Direct-to-Node hot water cooling technologies to reduce energy consumption in the plant by 40%. Scientists conduct earthquake and tsunami simulations to better prevent the possibility of future natural disasters.

For the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the biggest supercomputer in Spain, scientists use artificial intelligence models using Lenovo supercomputers to improve the detection of retinal diseases.

The first supercomputer in China at Peking University uses Lenovo’s Direct-to-Node hot-water cooling technology; scientists are using Lenovo systems to conduct scientific and genetic research at the highest global levels.

The Liquid Propulsion System Center (LPSC), Research and Development Center of the Indian Space Research Organization, uses Lenovo’s Direct-to-Node hot-water cooling technology for the development of new-generation earth-orbit technologies.

The biggest supercomputer in Denmark called Vestas is working to make wind energy production even more efficient by collecting and analyzing data to help customers choose the best sites for wind energy installations.

Supercomputers can be used to create complex simulations – for example in climate research, medicine, and genetics – to develop new drugs or to determine molecular movements. But, you also use them in the economy or for the calculation of traffic flows. However, many new applications such as artificial intelligence or machine learning are now taking the lead in processing power.

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