Hokkaido University has selected the Mirantis open source Cloud Platform for the university’s University’s High-Performance (HPC) Inter-Cloud environment. Inter-Cloud is a transformational research promotion platform accelerating various types of research projects such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and Internet of Things (IoT), as well as large-scale computational science simulations from universities, research institutions, and private sectors throughout Japan.

“The Mirantis Cloud Platform, selected as Hokkaido University’s High-Performance Inter-Cloud, comes with Infrastructure-as-code to enable the safe and easy lifecycle management of cloud infrastructure,” said Masahide Abe, head of the Mission Critical System Support Division, Platform Software Business Unit, Fujitsu. “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.”

‘Performance Improvement: 2k%’

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 is expected to improve the processing performance of the existing system by 2,000%, and a wide-area distributed cloud system across Japan 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.

The new HPC Inter-Cloud system will include:

Supercomputer System

  • The new supercomputer system is a massively parallel computer system consisting of subsystem A, which is comprised of 1,004 PRIMERGY CX2550 M4 x86 servers that are equipped with the Intel Xeon Scalable family of processors, and subsystem B, which is comprised of 288 Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX1640 M1 x86 servers that are equipped with Intel Xeon Phi processors. Each compute node is connected with Intel Omni-Path Architecture, the latest high-speed interconnect), for highly parallel computing performance.

Cloud System

  • The new cloud system has 64 x86 servers, including the Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY RX2540 M4 with NVIDIA Tesla V100, the latest GPU computing card, deployed to Hokkaido University and seven more in remote sites in the Kanto, Kansai, and Kyushu regions of Japan. Connecting these servers to the SINET5 academic backbone network makes it a nationwide wide-area distributed cloud system that extends from Hokkaido to Kyushu.
  • The cloud platform uses MCP, with the OpenStack Pike release at its core, delivering the latest research environment.
  • Designed to flexibly meet a wide variety of needs.
  • With Fujitsu Software Technical Computing Suite, Fujitsu’s HPC middleware for large-scale systems, the system offers optimal controls and node occupancy for jobs, improving the convenience of a wide variety of anticipated operations. It also provides flexible electric power controls to conserve power by limiting the maximum electric power consumed by each user and turning the power for nodes on or off.
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