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Melbourne-based Monash University, Australia's largest university is known as a worldwide leader in biomedical research. Monash University needed to construct a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster to support its biomedical research efforts. The cluster needed to be easily expandable, and CPU power per dollar spent was a major consideration. The solution to their problems turned out to be the cost-effective combination of Dell PowerEdge blade servers and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Now they are able to add a new server node in minutes with no downtime, able to support 400% more research projects, research completed in weeks vs. months, favorable price, and lower power requirements, easily expandability of both cluster and storage.
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