The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore was established in 2015 and manages Singapore’s first national petascale facility with available high performance computing (HPC) resources to support science and engineering computing needs for academic, research and industry communities.
Funded by its stakeholders, including Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), with substantial funding from Ministry of Trade and Industry, NSCC’s vision is to democratise access to supercomputing, and is catalytic in supporting national research and development initiatives, attracting industrial research collaborations and enhancing Singapore’s research capabilities.
The NSCC has a 1 PetaFLOP system based on x86 architecture supplied by Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd that won the open tender contract in June 2015. The 1 PF system comprises approximately 1,200 servers with 128 Gigabyte memory per node connected by high-speed interconnects, with 128 of the servers enabled with Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) cards. The servers are connected to a 10 Petabytes storage with very high I/O burst rate of up to 500 Gigabytes/s. The facility has visualisation nodes to provide local and remote visualisation needs, which will likely scale as visualisation becomes popular.
This national facility has high-speed Gigabit/sec connectivity to A*STAR research institutes locally, and NUS and NTU via the Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX) network, and new connectivity to SUTD, with plans to increase these bandwidths as the computational demand increases. In order to provide high-speed direct access to the NSCC PetaFLOP system, both NUS and NTU have login nodes deployed in their campuses for students and academic staff. In addition, a high-speed international connectivity connects Singapore to USA in LA and to the United Kingdom in London which has connectivity to Europe. Via the SingAREN, the NSCC facility is connected to other Institutes of Higher Learning via local connectivity and also to the regional countries through its international peering connectivity. All these connectivities will enable the high utilisation of the Supercomputing facility and encourage inter-organisation collaborations both locally and internationally.
NSCC will promote the use of Supercomputing among researcher, academia and industry. Together with academia and industry, our education outreach will increase the level of interest and awareness in HPC. NSCC aims to democratise access to HPC, to facilitate a generation of scientists and technologists to think computationally parallel and to catalyse the growth of a balanced HPC ecosystem in Singapore with our international partners.
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National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore
1 Fusionopolis Way, #17-01, Connexis South
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