Both companies will work to converge their high-performance computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to solve world's most challenging problems.

Intel and Lenovo announce multi-year collaboration
Atom Tech Shorts Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 12:05

Intel and Lenovo on Monday announced a multi-year collaboration to accelerate convergence of high-performance computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve world's most challenging problems.

Lenovo, the leading global system provider of "TOP500" supercomputers, would optimize Intel's full portfolio of HPC and AI hardware and software solutions to serve as the foundation for its market strategy.

"Our goal is to further accelerate innovation into the 'Exascale' era, aggressively waterfalling these solutions to scientists and businesses of all sizes to speed discovery and outcomes," Kirk Skaugen, executive vice president of Lenovo and president of Lenovo Data Center Group, said in a statement.

Lenovo's Neptune liquid cooling, in combination with the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform, is already helping customers unlock new data insights.

Nearly 173 of the world's "TOP500" fastest supercomputers, spanning 19 markets, run on Lenovo servers.

Additionally, 17 of the world's top 25 research universities rely on Lenovo infrastructure.

"Intel is laser-focused on helping our customers spur innovation and discovery through the convergence of AI with HPC," said Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group.

The collaboration plans to focus on three areas: systems and solutions, software optimization for HPC and AI convergence and ecosystem enablement.

Lenovo also announced Ashok Nair as Director for India service operations. He will report to Alex Fu, Executive Director of Asia Pacific services.

Nair will work alongside Rahul Agarwal, Managing Director and CEO of Lenovo India, and will be responsible for leading the growth strategy to make Lenovo India the "best in class" within the IT service industry. 

He will focus on driving sustainable and profitable means across multiple routes-to-market and on making Lenovo services a key differentiator.

"We are pleased to have Ashok back on board. He played a pivotal role in the organisation during his earlier stint and understands the pulse of the consumer business," Agarwal said in a statement.

Nair has over two decades of experience in consumer-focused businesses in India and South Asia. 

At his previous organisation, Math Adventures, he was responsible for leading new business initiatives, both organic and inorganic, which entailed extensive channel sales management, incubating startups and leading the innovation strategy. 

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