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"Fujitsu's supercomputing solution enables the University of Granada to meet user needs and the large power and computing capacity requirements demanded by research."
The University of Granada (UGR) was founded in 1531 and continues a long teaching tradition that links with that of the Madrasa of the last Nasrid Kingdom. It has five campuses and a sixth one under construction, which is about to be inaugurated (PTS – Health Sciences Technology Park), in the city of Granada (Spain), plus another two campuses in Ceuta and Melilla (Spain), in North Africa.
UGR has nearly 60,000 graduate and postgraduate students and another 20,000 who complete complementary studies (languages, summer courses, etc.). It employs 3,650 professors and over 2,200 office workers, technicians and service staff.
UGR, and particularly its Communications Networks and Computing Services Centre (CSIRC), have been involved with supercomputing since 1989. In 2006 it implemented the Andalusian Scientific Supercomputing Network in Granada at the initiative of the Regional Government of Andalusia and the University of Granada itself. The University built the Supercomputing centre at that time, where the first equipment for this supercomputing network was located. The first node was called UGRGRID and was included on the TOP500 list of the most powerful computers in the world in 2007.
There were several challenges to be overcome:
From the outset, Fujitsu understood UGR's business strategy and its line of action and investment. This is why it offered a solution best suited to the needs of its intensive computing services. In addition, the solution provided is very likely to become a source of income for UGR, as it can be extended to outside companies. It is also part of the actions included in the university's BioTic CIE (Campus of Int'l Excellence).
The solution and its benefits:
Fujitsu's solution has provided regular users with an HPC system that offers greater capacity and computing speed, as well as new and more efficient work queues for their projects, providing substantial improvements in the time needed to obtain results.
According to Juan Martos Moya, CSIRC Director, “Fujitsu's supercomputing solution has enabled us to add new work groups to the system, who can make the most of the new capabilities offered, such as GPU computing.” UGR has also improved its global image as an organisation that supports research, thanks to a sustainable, scalable and highly energy efficient solution.
Jesús Rodriguez Puga, head of the research support service at the CSIRC, added: “Fujitsu fits perfectly with our university's commitment to science and research, with decades of tradition, recognitions and success”. Another major benefit is that the HPC project carried out by Fujitsu at the University of Granada can expand, since its design is completely scalable and demand is forecast to grow. In addition, its use for intensive computing can be combined with self-managed cloud-computing (on-demand computing grids for researchers).
Juan Martos Moya described the relationship between Fujitsu and UGR as follows: “Fujitsu has proved to be the ideal partner for the current and future plans of UGR for supporting research. Our previous experience and collaboration have been positive and it is willing to support us in all kinds of future projects with the best possible technical and human resources.”
The increase in power and computing capacity provided by Fujitsu's solution has enabled UGR to complete research work more efficiently and obtain faster results. Thanks to this it has been possible to successfully carry out over 96 research projects and complete more than 64,700 jobs.
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