Polytechnical Supercomputer Center.

Polytechnical Supercomputer Center

About project

iCore took part in creating the engineering infrastructure of the “Polytechnical” supercomputer center (SCC) at St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. Company experts developed and implemented state-of-the-art technical solutions that provide maximum reliability and efficiency of the computer complex.

Client СПБПУ
Industries Public sector
Solutions Data Centers


Project Aims and Objectives

  • On the basis of SPbPU, create a regional center of competence in supercomputer technologies (SCT) in radio electronics, aircraft construction, power mechanical engineering, bioengineering and other knowledge-intensive industries;
  • Increase efficiency of SPbPU’s fundamental and applied scientific research;
  • Create conditions to train engineering staff with a high level of competence in multidisciplinary research and development on the basis of SCT.

Solutions Used in the Project

To provide the maximum efficiency of systems used in SCC, iCore engineers developed and built a reliable engineering infrastructure on the basis of Emerson Network Power and Schneider Electric equipment, which includes following components:

  • uninterruptible and emergency power supply and light system with the 1.1 MW total power;
  • security system complex;
  • closed-circuit television system (CCTV);
  • access control system (ACS);
  • fire alarm system (FAS);
  • gaseous fire suppression system (GFSS);
  • intruder detection and alarm system (IDA);
  • emergency voice alarm communication system (EVACS).

To manage the infrastructure, a “Smart building” class’ scalable IT solution, based on the TAC Vista 5 SCADA system, has been used.

Results and opportunities

The project was an actual challenge for the iCore team. First, we had to “incorporate” the infrastructure into available premises, but not to construct new premises for it. Second, because of a high computing resources’ energy density the power capacity is about 100 kW per rack, that requires a huge concentration of an engineering equipment to provide electrical power and heat removal. But despite all technical issues, a power-efficient and stylish infrastructure has been created, used for Russia’s third most powerful supercomputer with peak performance (efficiency) of 0.9 PFLOPS.