A high-powered innovator in Poland

25 September 2017

Poland is important to Huawei in many ways, from being its headquarters for central and eastern Europe (CEE) and the Nordic region to also being the home of a joint innovation centre specialising in supercomputing.

Huawei Poland was established as a local limited company in 2004. It became Huawei’s CEE and Nordic headquarters in 2008. Both the Polish and regional offices are registered as one company, Huawei Polska Sp.zo.o.

Some 665 people were working at Huawei Polska as of the end of April 2017, including regional office staff. Of these employees, 38% are local.

Business is spread across Huawei’s Carrier, Consumer and Enterprise Business Groups. In the Carrier BG, the four main operators the company serves are P4, T-Mobile, Orange and Polkomtel. Huawei’s Consumer BG also serves P4, T-Mobile, Orange and Polkomtel, as well as MSHP and EURO. The Enterprise BG focuses on the governmental, energy, transportation, education and banking sectors.

Huawei’s HQ for Poland, central and eastern Europe and the Nordic region, in Warsaw © Jolanta Dyr

Joint supercomputer innovation centre

The company has opened a joint innovation centre for supercomputing with the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre (PSNC). The research focuses on cloud computing, big data, network security and other cooperation aspects of high-performance computing (HPC).

The centre is a contribution to improving collaboration between the business and science communities in Poland and helps the incorporation of supercomputing in educational syllabuses. The agreement to establish the centre was signed on 23 November 2015 in Shanghai during the Polish-Chinese Economic Forum and attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda.

It is the second biggest supercomputing centre in the country and has launched the “Eagle” High Performance Computing cluster, which can perform 14,000 trillion (1015, or peta) Floating-Point Operations Per Second (FLOPS). This has helped it to 80th place in the ranking of the Top 500 HPC clusters worldwide.

Eagle is equipped with a liquid cooling solution, which helps reduce energy consumption by more than 40%, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly supercomputers in the EMEA region.