Monsanto: Expanding Resources for Next-Generation Seed Discovery

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For Monsanto, high-performance computing (HPC) plays a critical role in the discovery of next-generation agricultural products that can help farmers produce more food with fewer resources. To accommodate increasing demand for HPC resources from company researchers, the IT group decided to expand its existing HPC cluster by adding Cisco Unified Computing Systems* (UCS*) B-Series* blade servers equipped with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. The new processors help to accelerate new product development by increasing workload performance up to 28 percent. At the same time, using the dense, energy-efficient processing architecture in blade servers helps the company add capacity while controlling costs.

CHALLENGES
• Increase capacity and support critical science. Expand the primary HPC cluster to accommodate increasing demand for HPC resources.
• Enhance performance. Capitalize on the latest processing technologies to improve performance of research applications.
• Control costs. Provide greater capacity to more users on the primary HPC cluster while controlling expansion costs and reducing the need for auxiliary environments.

SOLUTION
• Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. Monsanto’s IT group is adding 608 cores to its 1,000-core cluster by incorporating Cisco blade servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. Workload scheduling is managed by IBM Platform LSF* software.