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Enabling Computational Research for the “Missing Middle”

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Enabling Computational Research for the “Missing Middle”

The Oklahoma State University High Performance Computing Center uses the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family to enhance capacity and accelerate research

The Oklahoma State University High Performance Computing Center (OSUHPCC) is helping researchers across campus and throughout the state to realize the value of HPC by providing the education, technical assistance, and rich IT resources to support a range of scientific research projects. To accommodate a rapidly growing user community, the organization implemented a new 3,048-core cluster—“Cowboy”—based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. With a dense processing architecture, the new cluster provides nine times the user capacity of the previous cluster in only two times the physical space. In addition, the processors enable some biology and physics applications to run up to twice as fast, accelerating research and enabling scientists to address larger, more complex questions.

Challenges
•Expand capacity. Support a rapidly growing community of HPC users at Oklahoma State University and across Oklahoma.
•Increase performance. Help researchers accelerate projects and solve larger, more complex problems in less time.
•Control the footprint. Enrich HPC resources while controlling the physical space, power consumption, and cooling required for the infrastructure.

Solution
•Advanced Clustering Technologies servers with the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. The OSUHPCC implemented Cowboy—a 3,048-core cluster that uses servers from Advanced Clustering Technologies based on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. The center optimizes its applications with Intel® software development tools.

Technology Results
• Improved performance. Some biology and physics applications run up to twice as fast on these systems as on the center’s previous-generation Intel Xeon processor–based cluster. Researchers can complete jobs faster and answer larger, more complex questions.
• Less space. With a dense processing architecture and server design, Cowboy can deliver nine times the capacity in just two times the physical space of the previous cluster.

Business Value
• Bringing HPC to new users. The new cluster enables the OSUHPCC to provide HPC resources to more users on campus and across Oklahoma, spurring new advances in cutting-edge research.

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