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University at Buffalo: Raising Green Awareness

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University at Buffalo: Raising Green Awareness

University at Buffalo cuts annual energy costs by USD 80,000 while increasing performance 50 percent

The Center for Computational Research (CCR) at the University at Buffalo (UB) wanted to increase high performance computing (HPC) capacity and reduce energy consumption. After evaluating the available solutions for power utilization and system performance, it chose a cluster based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series. Demonstrating the impact of replacing old servers with newer, more power-savvy ones, CCR says that the system is helping it reduce yearly carbon dioxide emissions by 150 to 190 metric tons, save USD 80,000 on annual energy costs, and empower researchers with 50 percent more computing capacity.

Challenges
• Support leading-edge research.
With heavily burdened computing resources, CCR needed more performance to support its HPC researchers.

Inspire energy-saving action.
UB and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) teamed up to demonstrate that new server technologies can significantly reduce energy consumption and meet rising performance need

Solutions
A server refresh with the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series.
CCR replaced servers based on five-year-old, single-core processors with a new green system powered by the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series.

Read the full University at Buffalo: Raising Green Awareness Case Study.