Purdue Uni. boosts research IT with POD data centre

Indiana’s Purdue University is to use HP’s container-based Performance-optimized Data Center (POD) to support its ability to deliver research projects.

Known for its work in nanotechnology, structural biology, and atmospheric chemistry, Purdue is committed to a strategic plan to doubling current research efforts, and has been adding server clusters to its data center every summer for the last three years.

Purdue says it can expand its research capabilities by 50 per cent with HP-POD for less than one-third the cost of building a new data center. The portability of the HP-POD has also enabled the university to position it in front of a power plant, avoiding the need for power transfer and capacity issues, says vice president, academic technologies, John Campbell. The new IT will support faculty from aeronautics, agronomy, climate science communications, medicinal chemistry, molecular pharmacology, biology, engineering, physics, statistics, and other academia.

Purdue’s Rosen Centre for Advanced Computing also is building a new supercomputer, code-named ‘Rossmann’. This is composed of a 1,000-node HP Cluster Platform 4000 based on HP ProLiant DL165z G7 servers, with dual 12-core AMD Opteron 6100 series processors – a three times increase in cores and memory per node than previous clusters. Rossmann is also equipped with 10Gb Ethernet interconnects.

More information:
www.hp.com/go/pod

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