Volga Research and Education Center for Supercomputing Technologies forms part of the national system of research and education centers for supercomputing technologies established in Russia in 2011 and 2012 within project of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia’s Economy under the President of the Russian Federation.
The Center is one of the key divisions of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod focused on training and research activities in supercomputing technologies and high performance computing.
The Center has all facilities required for such activities ranging from a supercomputing cluster with the peak performance of 570 Tflops to personal mini-clusters and desktop supercomputers offered by leading IT companies (Intel, AMD, IBM, NVidia, SuperMicro, Т-Platforms, Niagara).
The academic staff mostly consists of the members of Models and Methods of Parallel Computing for Multiprocessor Systems, the Prof. R.G.Strongin’s leading scientific school created as part of the national support program for leading scientific schools of Russia.
The Center’s activities are based on project implementation: to meet its challenges, the Center engages top academic professionals from UNN and other universities and RAS institutes of Nizhni Novgorod, on a competitive basis.
One of its core activities is training and professional development in supercomputing technologies and high performance computing. The Center is directly involved in training of UNN students, masters and post-graduates, implementation of professional development programs for teachers from Russian higher education institutions, and holding of scientific schools for young researchers and experts. A genuinely unique project of the Center is the Internet University of Supercomputing Technologies. Over 300 people participate in various training and professional development programs annually; more than 10 textbooks on parallel programming have been written and published.
The Center carries out applied activities and research in a wide range of areas, from system programming to development of complex problem-oriented software for parallel computing within numerous intergovernmental, national, industrial and corporate sci-tech programs. The research work involves close cooperation with leading Russian research centers and IT companies. The Center’s scientific findings are recognized both in Russia and abroad. The Center maintains cooperation with colleagues from Germany, USA, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland.
The Center takes part in holding regular scientific conferences and workshops. Every year, starting from 2001, the Center hosts the Supercomputing Technologies in Science, Education and Industry Forum. The scientific results are presented at various widely-known sci-tech forums and exhibitions such as CeBIT (Germany), International Supercomputing (Germany), Supercomputing (USA), etc. Cooperation with the leading IT-companies including Intel, Microsoft, IBM, NVidia, Supermicro, T-Platforms, Niagara, etc. is one of the main areas of Center`s activities.
The Center’s proficiency is confirmed by a great number of projects implemented as part of national target programs such as Academic and Teaching Staff for Innovative Russia, Research and Development in Priority Fields of Russia’s Sci-Tech Complex, Development of Education, etc. The Center incorporates Competence Centers of the leading IT-companies such as Intel, Microsoft, IBM and NVidia.
Parallel computing educational materials offered by MSU and UNN won the 2011 Curriculum Best Practices Award of the Informatics Europe Association.
In 2011, a team of students from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod won the Student Cluster Competition as part of SC11, one of the world’s top events, in the Maximizing Performance category.
In 2012, a UNN project became a winner of Computer Continuum: from Idea to Implementation, a national IT applied research and development contest.
In general, the Center contributes significantly to UNN recognition as one of the leading sci-tech centers in the field of supercomputing technologies and high-performance computing both in Russia and abroad.
The issue of supercomputing is one of the top priority scientific platforms of the UNN development strategy.