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Russia Develops Domestic HPC Platform to Address Technology Gap

Russia, facing constraints in accessing advanced technologies, is turning to domestic solutions to address its high-performance computing (HPC) needs. According to CNews, one such approach is the development of indigenous HPC platforms.

Roselectronics, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has unveiled Basis, a new software and hardware complex designed for high-performance computing and cloud services. This development is entirely reliant on domestic technologies and has been spearheaded by the Scientific Research Center for Electronic Computing (SRCEC), also under Roselectronics.

The Basis complex comprises three general-purpose servers, each capable of supporting up to 128 processor cores and providing up to 2TB of RAM. The servers are interconnected using the Angara high-speed communication network, another SRCEC creation. This setup ensures minimal latency and high-speed data exchange between servers, facilitating efficient computing operations.

The data transmission channel in this complex offers a speed of 75 gigabits per second with minimal communication latency (just one microsecond). Basis can be utilized for establishing data processing and storage centers, virtual offices, and graphical application servers.

While Russia possesses semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, these facilities are outdated. For the 128-core data center class processor, Roselektrica will need to seek assistance from foreign partners.

Russia’s only viable option for producing 128-core server chips lies in collaborating with Chinese chipmakers, namely SMIC and Hua Hong. SMIC offers two generations of 7nm-class lithography, with the second generation potentially suitable for data center chip design.

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