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University of Arkansas Accelerates Research with Intel® Processors

University’s High Performance Computing Center supports growing user base and enables cutting-edge research

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University of Arkansas Accelerates Research with Intel® Processors

Enabling Cutting-Edge Research with the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 Family
The University of Arkansas High Performance Computing Center supports a growing user base and accelerates research by expanding resources based on Intel® processors.

The University of Arkansas High Performance Computing Center (AHPCC) supports a growing high-performance computing (HPC) user community from diverse academic fields. To accommodate more users and more complex projects, the center decided to expand an existing cluster, called “Razor*”. The expansion capitalizes on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family to deliver twice the peak performance of the existing cluster while conserving physical space and increasing the power requirement by only 20 percent. By providing the capacity for larger workloads and accelerating results, the center is attracting new researchers to the university and fostering cutting-edge research in Arkansas.

Challenges
• Support a growing, diverse research community. Accommodate more researchers in an increasingly diverse array of fields at the University of Arkansas and across the state by expanding HPC resources.
• Address complex questions, speed results. Enable researchers to explore larger, more complex research questions and deliver results faster than before.
• Control costs. Expand HPC capacity and performance while controlling power, cooling, and real estate costs.

Solution
• IBM servers* with the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. The AHPCC designed Razor Phase II*—a 1,792-core expansion to its existing Razor cluster. The expansion includes 112 IBM System x* iDataPlex* servers equipped with the Intel Xeon processor E5 family and QLogic InfiniBand* server adapters. The center optimizes applications with Intel® Software Development Tools.

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