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UC Irvine HPC Solution: Dell PowerEdge* with Intel® Processor

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UC Irvine HPC Solution: Dell PowerEdge* with Intel® Processor

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University of California Irvine (UC Irvine) School of Physical Sciences needed its own high-performance computing (HPC) cluster to provide its 27 research professors and their teams control over their own destiny. Previously researchers handed out their data to HPC centers for analysis and did not have 24x7 access to it.

The university worked with Dell and Intel to help design and build an in-house HPC solution using Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with Intel® Xeon® processors, Dell PowerVault™ MD1000 direct attached storage arrays and QLogic TrueScale InfiniBand interconnect.

When Former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on climate change, he shared the prize with 34 researchers on the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, 11 of whom do their research at the University of California Irvine (UC Irvine), School of Physical Sciences. Three other researchers have received the Nobel Prize during their tenure at UC Irvine: Frank Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry, 1995), Frederick Reines (Physics, 1995) and Irwin Rose (Chemistry, 2004).

One of the 10 universities in the University of California system, UC Irvine prides itself on its distinguished history of scientific research.

Yet until a few years ago, UC Irvine did not have sufficient homegrown compute power to support its award-winning Nobel groups or its young and innovative researchers in such areas as atmospheric chemistry, bioinformatics, biopharmaceutical engineering and other disciplines that focus on chemistry and synthetic chemistry. Its researchers had to outsource their data to high-performance computing (HPC) labs such as the Fermi Lab in Chicago, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park, California and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

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