An Intel partnership that’s a win for you too

By Charlie Wuischpard, VP & GM High Performance Computing at Intel

Every now and then in business it all really comes together— a valuable program, a great partner, and an outcome that promises to go far beyond just business success. That's what I see in our newly announced partnership with the Supercomputing Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. We're collaborating to create an Intel Parallel Computing Center (Intel® PCC) in the People's Republic of China. We expect our partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to pay off in many ways.

Through working together to modernize “LAMMPS”, the world’s most broadly adopted Molecular Dynamics application, Intel and the Chinese Academy of Sciences will help researchers and scientists understand everything from physics and semiconductor design to biology, pharmaceuticals, DNA analysis and ultimately aid in identifying cures for diseases, genetics, and more.

The establishment of the Intel® PCC with the Chinese Academy of Sciences is an important step. The relationship grows from our ongoing commitment to cultivate our presence in China and to find and engage Chinese businesses and institutions that will collaborate to bring their talents and capabilities to the rest of the world. Their Supercomputing Center has been focused on operating and maintaining supercomputers and exploiting and supporting massively parallel computing since 1996. Their work in high performance computing, scientific computing, computational mathematics, and scientific visualization has earned national and international acclaim. And it has resulted in important advances in the simulation of large-scale systems in fields like computational chemistry and computational material science.

We understand, solving the biggest challenges for society, industry, and science requires a dramatic increase in computing efficiency. Many leverage High Performance Computing to solve these challenges, but seldom realize they are only using a small fraction of the compute capability their systems provide. To take advantage of the full potential of current and future hardware (i.e. cores, threads, caches, and SIMD capability), requires what we call “modernization”. We know building Supercomputing Centers is an investment. By ensuring software fully exploits the modern hardware, this will aid in maximizing the impact of these investments. Customers will realize the greatest long-term benefit when they pursue modernization in an open, portable and scalable manner.

The goals of the Intel® PCC effort go beyond just creating software that takes advantage of hardware, all the way to delivering value to researchers and other users around the world. Much of our effort is training and equipping students, scientists, and researchers to write modern code that will ultimately accelerate discovery.

We look forward to our partnership with the Chinese Academy of Science and the great results to come from this new Intel® Parallel Computing Center. You can find additional information regarding this effort by visiting our Intel® PCC website.

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