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.
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.