SciNet Supercomputer Runs on IBM iDataPlex

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 at large 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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