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The University of Regensburg gains from the new HPC cluster equipped with PRIMERGY CX600 servers, in terms of energy and cost efficiency

"The Fujitsu system is so efficient that we were awarded fifth place on the Green500 list in November 2016. Energy efficiency and cost efficiency mean that we can deliver more science for our money."

Professor Tilo Wettig University of Regensburg

Customer

The University of Regensburg is a modern campus university. It covers a wide range of subjects and is known for both its favorable student-teacher ratio and excellent infrastructure. Originally planned as a regional university in the mid-20th century, in the new millennium it has developed into a renowned, internationally-oriented center for research and teaching.

Challenge

The Universities of Regensburg and Wuppertal and the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) use the QPACE3 supercomputer to run numerical simulations for the SFB/TRR-55 research programme in the field of quantum chromodynamics (QCD). One of the project’s main aims is to determine what the state of the universe was immediately after the Big Bang.

Solution

The project needed high levels of computing power packed into a small space and with minimal energy consumption. The team therefore installed FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY CX600, equipped with Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors, with a combination of direct liquid and air cooling. The 672 server nodes are mounted in eight Fujitsu PRIMECENTER racks.

Benefit

  • Very compact system
  • High energy-efficiency achieved using direct liquid cooling
  • Optimal computing power per server node, providing the most economical solution for the customer’s planned budget
  • The system was fully checked, including leak testing, and was assembled in advance