IBM HPC Technology Helps Universities Perform Pioneering Research

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-04-09

Top universities are making significant advancements in fields ranging from genetics and medicine to environmental science and physics. As this research becomes more data-intensive, these academic institutions are implementing advanced infrastructure solutions, including high-performance computing (HPC) clusters and supercomputers, to provide the high performance needed and a path for future development. Beyond the potential for scientific breakthroughs, advanced IT infrastructure provides colleges with a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining the best faculty and students in their fields. IBM-based HPC solutions include those such as the one at Marist College, which features an IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension with IBM BladeCenter, System x and Power Systems servers, and Cognos, SPSS and DB2 software. At Texas A&M, IBM provided the infrastructure for a joint research effort that consists of a Blue Gene/Q system, Power Systems and NeXtScale servers and General Parallel File System Storage Servers. A test of the Blue Gene/Q on campus found that it ran a material sciences problem that previously took weeks to solve in less than an hour, with much greater analytical depth. This slide show looks at HPC solutions IBM has provided for universities.


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