Data Management

Georgia Tech Implements a Cool Solution for Green HPC With IBM

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Executive Summary

Georgia Tech's Center for the Study of Systems Biology requires supercomputing capabilities for protein structure simulations and other techniques supporting research into new drugs. The company wanted to achieve highest possible computational performance with limited budget and floor space; resolve issues related to concentration of heat output from ultra-dense blade servers. Georgia Tech designed a unique cooling solution incorporating both standard air conditioning and IBM Rear Door Heat eXchanger, enabling a compact solution that saved an estimated $780,000 in data center costs. The new supercomputer is based on an IBM System Cluster 1350 solution with more than 1,000 IBM BladeCenter LS20 nodes, each with four AMD Opteron cores.

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