SciNet Supercomputer Runs on IBM iDataPlex

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The University of Toronto’s SciNet Supercomputer Datacenter combines massive power (it’s number 53 on the Top 500 list) with exceptional energy efficiency, with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.16, according to university scientists. SciNet features an unusual design combining IBM’s iDataPlex server and Cool Blue rear-door heat exchanger, which allows the university to run high-density cabinets with minimal room air conditioning. SciNet will soon be expanded with a 30,000-core system using iDataPlex servers with the Xeon 5500 (Nehalem) processor, Intel’s new high-power, low-energy chip. This video provides an overview of SciNet and its technology, and runs about 6 minutes.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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