Chinese tech company Huawei announced the OlympusMons Award 2021 at the 2020 Global Stage Professors Forum, said HPC Wire. For this year, the award is intended for data storage experts from various organizations including Huawei and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The award is described by the HPC Wire as “attractive” to address the mounting need for storage innovations complete with cost-efficiency. The company seeks to find researchers that can help achieve its goals.
The company hopes to build cloud-oriented systems and multi-cloud services that are data-focused. It also seeks to develop systems incorporating artificial intelligence and advanced system architectures.
In his opening speech, Huawei’s Board member and director of the firm’s Institute of Strategic Research said, “Innovation is in Huawei’s blood. We strive to excel, to lead, to innovate, and to put in life scientists’ research outcomes.”
He added, “By working to overcome prominent challenges and commercialize scientific achievements, Huawei and researchers learn from each other and grow together.”
HPC Wire noted that current studies regarding data storage are focused on “systematic innovation of media, network, architecture, and management.”
To help this along, Huawei has launched five laboratories namely the Data Fabric Innovation Lab, Intelligent Storage Innovation Lab, Memory Storage Innovation Lab, Data Reduction Innovation Lab, and Video Storage Innovation Lab.
These laboratories are expected to help Huawei’s more than 4,000 experts achieve their full potential. This project also seeks to provide them with the necessary technology to innovate storage efficiency.
Last year’s OlympusMons was focused on “self-driven data governance and data storage with ultimate per-bit effectiveness,” as per the HPC Wire report.
According to Sputnik News, one of the organizations participating in this project is the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Zheng Weimin, an academic at the Academy and a professor of computer science at Tsinghua University said, “As the foundation for computing, storage is essential to our national plan for new infrastructure.”
Aside from business applications, data storage is also seen as an important element in protecting cultural artefacts across China. It is applied in Dunhuang city in western China with the help of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
UNESCO vice-director Su Bomin said that Buddhist artworks in the city’s Mogao Grottoes are seen as the “largest and most well-preserved” with the help of Huawei’s tech.
He added, “Since 2019, the institute has been working with technology firms like Huawei to discover possibilities in the digitalization and representation of cultural relics as well as intelligent tourist guidance and services.”