Thai research agency builds SEA’s largest HPC system

Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) is serious about its mission to accelerate science, technology and innovation development in the country. It is deploying a whopping 704 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs for its new supercomputer — the largest high performance computing (HPC) system in Southeast Asia.

The new machine, which is 30x faster than the current TARA system, will be hosted in NSTDA Supercomputer Center (ThaiSC) to drive research by engineers, and computational and data scientists from academia, government and industries in Thailand. Research projects will cover areas such as pharmaceuticals, renewable energy and weather forecasting.

“The supercomputer will strengthen Thailand’s position in HPC and research capabilities in Asean,” said Narong Sirilertworakul, President of NSTDA.

It will enable researchers to benefit from real-world results and the ability to deploy solutions into production at scale.

“We chose NVIDIA A100 because it is currently the leading solution for HPC-AI in the market. Even more important is that many HPC-AI software applications are well supported by NVIDIA technology, and the list will keep growing,” said Manaschai Kunaseth, Chief of Operations at ThaiSC.

Positioned at the heart of the new supercomputer, NVIDIA A100 GPUs will accelerate AI, data analytics and HPC. Representing the most powerful end-to-end AI and HPC platform for data centres, they will boost data-intensive simulations and accelerate AI in HPC applications.

The additional power of the new supercomputer will let ThaiSC’s users scale up their research projects once it becomes operational in the second half of 2022. It will accelerate innovation for Thailand’s efforts in medicine, energy sources, weather forecasting and more with advanced modeling, simulation, AI, and analytics capabilities.

“The new supercomputer at NSTDA will expand and enhance research in Thailand, speeding up the development of breakthroughs that benefit individuals and industries in the country,” said Dennis Ang, Senior Director of Enterprise Business for SEA and ANZ regions, Worldwide Field Operations at NVIDIA.