Sevastopol State University is Acquiring a Supercomputer

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Sevastopol State University plans to create a high-performance computing clusterthat has no analogues in Crimea.This was said by the Vice-Rector at Sevastopol State University for Scientific and Innovative Activities, Maxim Evstigneev.

The supercomputer will allow university scientists to solve problems in the field of computational climatology, 3D modeling of various devices, creating digital doubles and copies, bioinformatics, molecular modeling, and in many other areas that require processing a large amount of data.

“For example, if you need to calculate how a mechatronic device will work under certain conditions you can create an expensive experiment, or you can download a 3D model of the device and start testing this digital double. We are now trying to do this on personal computers, but at a primitive level ”, said Evstigneev.

After loading the most complex model, a supercomputer can, for example, predict the wave height along the Black Sea coast. Or, having processed a large amount of data obtained from a satellite, to show how the state of soil and vegetation in a given region changes. The new cluster will also help raise the accuracy of field calculations in antenna devices and radiation characteristics to a new qualitative level.

“Physically, a supercomputer is a collection of about fifty computing nodes, a large number of small high-performance computers, united in a cluster. Plus a large high-speed data storage center ”, explained Evstigneev.

Scientists at Sevastopol State University have yet to learn how to fully use the new computing cluster. For this, it is necessary to master the elements of high-level specialized programming, increasing the competencies already existing at the university.

“We are being supervised by the Center of Supercomputer Technologies at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics at the Novosibirsk Academy of Sciences. They are helping us to shape the right configuration for the computer”, said Evstigneev.

The supercomputer will function as a Big Data Sharing Center. A total of six such centers are being created at Sevastopol State University. They will be combined into a resource center for the use of scientific and technical equipment of the university.

“Each of the six centers reflects a certain competency available at the university. This is a serious federal-level scientific center that can solve scientific and technical problems and take it from an idea into a prototype ”, said Evstigneev.

 “This is a large-scale project for the development of research and innovation infrastructure of the university. We are concentrating equipment from all over the university and are purchasing new equipment to solve scientific and technical problems within the specifics of the activities of each of the six centers”, Evstigneev said.

The center for ‘Engineering and Industrial Design’ purchased technological equipment for prototyping: 3D printers and lathes. This center reflects the basic competence of the university associated with mechatronics and robotics.

The center for ‘Engineering and Micro- and Nanoelectronics Products’ will receive high-tech equipment related to the manufacture and testing of electronic devices.

There is also a center associated with molecular biophysics. This area of ​​work at Sevastopol State University is internationally recognized. Equipment for the research of biological systems of various levels of organization is purchased for this center: microscopes, microcalorimeters and spectrometers.

The Center for ‘Advanced Materials and Technologies’  will receive equipment for the creation and control of new materials.

The center for ‘Marine Research and Technology’ is being additionally equipped for the full range of marine research - in the field of archeology, biology and chemistry of the sea, hydro-acoustics and ecology.

The administration at Sevastopol State University intends to create a system of transparent and free access to the equipment of each resource center.

“These centers are fundamentally created for collective use. We strive to create such a system where any scientific and pedagogical worker can apply to the center and order work to be carried out for their scientific topic or the completion of a student’s final qualification work. Research groups will be able to apply through the website”, says Evstigneev.

The centers of collective use of the resource center will be fully open to both universities and research organizations from all over Russia. Currently, the regulations on the use of equipment are being worked on.