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Ludwig-Maximilians-University takes a quantum leap in physical simulations with CELSIUS workstations

"Our long experience with Fujitsu hardware has always been incredibly positive. It is excellent value for money."

Dr. Hermann Gumpp, Procurement Services, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (LMU)

The customer

The Physics Faculty was founded in 1971 and is closely linked to the names of the major scientists who worked at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, including six Nobel prize winners: From Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was awarded the 1901 Nobel Prize, through to Theodor Hänsch, who was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Physics. Today, the faculty, whose own history bears witness to the development of Physics into a discipline in its own right, remains a leading light internationally both in research and education. In fact, in the most recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, which highlights the world’s top universities in a range of subjects, the faculty came 13th overall. The faculty teaches all the main fields of modern Physics.

The challenge

Fast, high-performance hardware is essential for the complex simulations and calculations performed by the scientists at Ludwig- Maximilians-University (LMU). The existing 109 workstations within the Meteorology and Theoretical Physics departments no longer met these requirements and needed to be replaced by new, higher performance systems. In view of the fact that the computers were situated directly at the workstations instead of a central server room, quiet operation was a key criterion for LMU in its search for new hardware. Reliability and low maintenance were also high on the list.

The solution

The outdated workstations have now been replaced by 109 FUJITSU CELSIUS M720 workstations, each of which is equipped with an Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2650 with eight cores, allowing the processing of 16 threads in parallel. Featuring noise emissions of only 20 dB (A), the machines help to create a quiet working environment. High performance is guaranteed thanks to the 32 GB memory, NVIDIA® NVS™ 300 graphic cards and a 128 GB SSD.

The benefit

  • Extremely quiet system (only 20 dB(A)) with optimized heat management and quiet fans
  • High productivity thanks to high-performance multi-core processor
  • Excellent value for money
  • Professional, responsive communication with the advisers at Fujitsu in Augsburg
  • Close proximity to the production site permits greater flexibility and shorter delivery times. It also offers the option of on-site server testing
  • Good, long-standing business relationship, both with Fujitsu directly and with Microstaxx, LMU’s exclusive sales partner
  • Short supply channels through partner Microstaxx

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