HSE Supercomputer Is Named cHARISMa
In July this year, there was an open vote to name the HSE’s supercomputer. Two names - Corvus (‘crow’ in Latin; the crow is HSE's mascot) and cHARISMa (Computer of HSE for Artificial Intelligence and Supercomputer Modelling) – received the most votes. The latter won by a narrow margin, with 441 people (one in three of those who took part in the vote) choosing this name.
Pavel Kostenetskiy, Head of HSE Supercomputer Modeling Unit, says that he also voted for cHARISMa: ‘The chosen name perfectly corresponds to the main areas of research performed on the HSE supercomputer. This is research in the field of artificial intelligence, as well as supercomputer (mathematical) modeling of complex processes.’
Other options scored less combined votes than the total for cHARISMa alone. Among the suggested names were Nidus (nest in Latin), Durasov (N. A. Durasov – a Moscow landowner (1760-1818), the HSE building on Pokrovsky Boulevard is located in his family's former mansion), Kelvin (in honor of Lord Kelvin, a British physicist and engineer, author of the aphorism ‘To measure is to know’) and Turris (tower in Latin).
cHARISMa is currently being used by 302 staff members and students from 33 university departments, implementing 107 research projects. The supercomputer is already being pushed to its limits, but there are plans to expand its capacity in 2021.
Since 2019, the cHARISMa supercomputer has been helping staff, teachers and students of HSE university to solve research tasks. In February 2023, it completed its millionth task—a computational experiment dedicated to studying the phenomenon of multiparticle localisation in quasi-one-dimensional quantum systems.
Whether researching how the human brain works, identifying the source of COVID-19, running complex calculations or testing scientific hypotheses, supercomputers can help us solve the most complex tasks. One of the most powerful supercomputers in the CIS is cHARISMa, which is now in its third year of operation at HSE University. Pavel Kostenetskiy, Head of the HSE University Supercomputer Modeling Unit, talks about how the supercomputer works and what kind of projects it works on.
The peak performance of the HSE cHARISMa supercomputer has doubled, reaching 2 petaflops (2 quadrillion floating-point operations per second). HSE University now outperforms the Kurchatov Institute in terms of computing power. The only more powerful university computers are MSU’s Lomonosov-2 and SPbPU’s Polytechnic. Thanks to the timely upgrade, cHARISMa has retained its respectable 6th position among the Top 50 most powerful computer systems in the CIS for three years.
Researchers from the HSE International Laboratory for Supercomputer Atomistic Modelling and Multi-scale Analysis, JIHT RAS and MIPT have compared the performance of popular molecular modelling programs on GPU accelerators produced by AMD and Nvidia. In apaper published by the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, the scholars ported LAMMPS on the new open-source GPU technology, AMD HIP, for the first time.
A new supercomputer, which has been recently set up at MIEM, will allow the university to carry out high quality research in deep learning and mathematical modeling. The computer was ranked sixth in the April Top-50 ranking of supercomputers in Russia.