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Michigan Researchers Aided by Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series

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Michigan Researchers Aided by Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School are working to understand how problems with protein folding in human cells might contribute to devastating neurodegenerative illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease. To conduct the protein structure prediction that is critical for their work, researchers needed a new high-performance computing (HPC) cluster. The cluster had to provide outstanding performance while fitting into a shared data center with limited power and real estate. By selecting HP servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series, researchers gained the compute power, energy efficiency, and density they need for their groundbreaking work.

Challenges
• Optimize price-performance.
Adopt a processing architecture that can deliver the raw compute power for running thousands of jobs per day at a price point that would allow deployment of a massive cluster.
• Minimize power and real estate.
Fit thousands of processing cores into a shared data center with limited available rack space and power.

Solution
• HP servers with Intel® Xeon® processors.
The IT group built a 268-node cluster with HP ProLiant DL1000* series servers based on the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series.

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