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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mirantis and Fujitsu announced today that they have partnered to create the Information Initiative Center of Hokkaido University for an interdisciplinary, large-scale computing system with a theoretical peak performance of 4.0 petaflops, consisting of a supercomputer system and a cloud system. The system is expected to begin operations in December 2018.
Hokkaido University is a Japanese university that is extending the boundaries of education and research. The Information Initiative Center of Hokkaido University provides an academic information platform as a national joint-use facility for academic research by university faculty members, graduate students, and researchers throughout Japan.
“OpenStack, due to its flexible software-defined infrastructure and robust APIs is perfectly suited for High Performance Computing (HPC),” said Boris Renski, CMO and co-founder, Mirantis. “Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP), specifically tuned for the HPC use case, enables data science, advanced simulations, artificial intelligence and machine learning, IoT, Blockchain, and more, making it the perfect solution for Hokkaido University.”
The Information Initiative Center of Hokkaido University currently operates the Hokkaido University Academic Cloud, which is comprised of an interdisciplinary large-scale computing system that includes a supercomputer system and a cloud system, and petabyte-class data science unified cloud storage. To upgrade its interdisciplinary large-scale computing system to the Hokkaido University High-Performance Inter-Cloud, it is building both a supercomputer system that will improve the processing performance of the existing system by 2k%, and a nationwide wide-area distributed cloud system that can also be used for research on clouds and networks. It will further advance uses and research in such existing areas as scientific and technological simulations, AI, big data, and data science, and will provide an environment that can meet an even broader range of needs as people are trained to use the large-scale computing system for groundbreaking research.
“The Hokkaido University High-Performance Inter-Cloud is a transformational research promotion platform for advanced research that organically integrates the super computer system and Inter-cloud system deployed nationwide, and accelerates various types of research projects such as artificial intelligence, big data, and the Internet of Things, as well as large-scale computational science simulations from universities, research institutions, and private sectors throughout Japan. For this very exciting and important project, we needed partners with track records to provide the best opportunity for success -- Mirantis and Fujitsu,” said Dr. Masaharu Munetomo, Director, Information Initiative Center, Hokkaido University. “MCP delivers a flexible, tunable platform based on OpenStack and Kubernetes, with continuously delivered infrastructure-as-code to enable ongoing, rapid and reliable access to continued innovations by Mirantis and Fujitsu.”
"The Mirantis Cloud Platform, selected as Hokkaido University's High-Performance Inter-Cloud, comes with Infrastructure-as-code to enable the safe and easy life cycle management of cloud infrastructure," said Masahide Abe, head of the Mission Critical System Support Division, Platform Software Business Unit, Fujitsu Limited. “I am confident that the full Open Source cloud infrastructure software is the best choice for customers who expect agility and reliability from their system infrastructure. Fujitsu and Mirantis are together providing evolving cloud infrastructure software that incorporates advanced Open Source technologies, in combination with high quality services and support. We are working to realize customer growth, together with customers.”
The new system will include:
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
Mirantis is a managed open cloud company focused on harnessing open source innovation to help enterprise application owners become free of infrastructure and operations concerns. The company employs a unique build-operate-transfer approach to deliver two distinct products:
To date, Mirantis has helped more than 200 enterprises and service providers build and operate some of the largest open clouds in the world. Its customers include iconic brands such as Adobe, AT&T, Comcast, Reliance Jio, State Farm, STC, Vodafone, Volkswagen, and Wells Fargo. Learn more at www.mirantis.com.
Joseph Eckert for Mirantis