Programme concepts ready

Belarus and Russia to expand use of supercomputers

By Olga Pimenova

Our two states’ scientists have developed new Union State programmes for the design and use of supercomputer technologies — entitled ‘SKIF-NEDRA’, ‘SKIF-SOYUZ’ and ‘ORBISS’. They envisage considerable expansion of the use of supercomputer technologies in the real sector of the economy.

‘SKIF-NEDRA’ aims to enhance energy security within the Union State by developing and utilising high capacity information technologies for use in geological exploration and mining. A new series of supercomputers will be designed, alongside high-performance software for processing geology and geophysics data, for use in modelling. “The programme will considerably reduce our reliance on foreign oil and gas providers, while providing domestic companies with a competitive edge in this segment,” explains the Executive Director of the Union State ‘SKIF-GRID’ programme, Anatoly Krishtofik. The latter is also a member of the United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

The ‘SKIF-SOYUZ’ programme is to create unified cyber-infrastructure. “This is a new step in the development and use of service-oriented supercomputer technologies, aiming to match world levels of research in the field of highly productive computing and application,” the specialist stresses. The introduction of basic cyber-infrastructure will be achieved via a network of supercomputer centres, database systems, and communication and technology systems.

Under the ‘ORBISS’ programme, specialised data processing centres for industrial enterprises will be created, alongside united infrastructure for the supercomputer industry.

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